Federal regulators on Tuesday issued a long list of things they plan to do to better police mountaintop removal coal mining.
The U.S. Office of Surface Mining announced specific dates that it will publish new rules, give state regulators permitting guidance and review how the programs work.
But by the time OSM made its announcement, the agency had missed its first deadline.
By April 28, OSM had promised to publish its decision on whether the state Division of Environmental Protection can allow mountaintop removal mines to be reclaimed as "fish and wildlife habitat and recreation lands."
As of Tuesday, the decision had not appeared in the Federal Register, and was not approved by OSM Director Kathy Karpan.
"We're running a few days late," said Al Klein, OSM's Appalachian regional director.
Last year, OSM launched its first-ever review of mountaintop removal. A series of draft reports found numerous problems, including permits that DEP issued in violation of the law and sections of state law that are too weak.
The OSM reports have been repeatedly delayed, as has the agency's decision on mountaintop removal and fish and wildlife post-mining land uses.
Despite its past problems in dealing with the issue, OSM on Tuesday issued a final oversight report that outlined specific dates for more than a dozen new mountaintop removal actions.
"Remedial work is already underway on some of the issues," Karpan said in a news release.
Among the actions announced: