Illinois Mining and Minerals
The Office of Mines and Minerals consists of four divisions: Land Reclamation, Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation, Mine Safety and Training, and Blasting, Explosives and Aggregate Reclamation.
Within these divisions, the office:
- regulates the mining industry throughout the State of Illinois,
- regulates the possession, use, and storage of explosives,
- and enforces various acts which govern the mining industry.
In addition, the office is charged with ensuring the health and safety of the thousands of mine workers through the Mine Safety and Training Division, and through administering the Abandoned Mined Land Reclamation program, provides reclamation ensuring public and environmental safety from abandoned mine sites.
The office is involved in an Education Outreach program where it educates children and adults on mining; its products and their uses. The office maintains a trailer which travels the state to give school children and organizations a museum like setting to learn about the industry and how its products affect our lives.