The primary purpose of coal mining regulations is to protect the environment from the damage that may result from the many thousands of tons of anthracite, lignite, pecan, and tar sands, and other unwanted substances that are brought into our national parks and public lands each year. These measures were put in place to help protect the environment and to keep the environment safe.
The main thrust of these coal mining regulations deals with protecting the environment. Mined land is disturbed and sometimes destroyed so that the land can once again be used for mining purposes. Division field workers make, at minimum, several visits each month to underground sites, searching for compliance with each coal mining law. These workers need to document any changes in the site so that their supervisors can be aware of any mining activities on the same site in case of an accident.