Surface-Mined Land Conservation and Reclamation Act was amended in 1995 and authorized the regulation of blasting operations at non-coal surface mining sites. Regulations were promulgated establishing a blast, ground vibration and fly rock standards, training, examination and licensing requirements for persons supervising blasting operations, requirements for maintenance of blasting records and enforcement provisions which give the Explosives and Aggregate Division the authority to suspend or revoke blasting licenses, issue notices of violation and/or cessation orders and assess civil penalties in instances of non-compliance. So why do companies employ blasting at their operations? Find more information in the
Nominations for the Blasting Excellence Award (issued to individuals) and the Industry Leadership Award (for companies) are accepted for demonstrating excellence in their blasting programs.