Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety

The mission of the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety is to protect the public, miners and the environment during current mining operations, restore abandoned mines, and to ensure that all mined land is reclaimed to beneficial use.

The division is committed to balance the need for mineral resource production with protection of the public, environment and Colorado’s natural resources.

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Virginia Brannon

Director of Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety

Portrait of Virginia Brannon

Ginny served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Section of the state Attorney General’s Office from 2000 to 2007, and represented DNR staff in hearings before the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Groundwater Commission from 2004 to 2007.

Immediately prior to joining DNR in 2010, Ginny worked on climate and energy policy at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ginny received her JD from Denver University, where she was general editor of the University of Denver Law Review. She also earned a MA in Economics from the University of Colorado and a BA in economics from Colorado College. Ginny is a fourth generation Coloradoan.

Boards and Commissions Info

Coal Mine Board of Examiners

The Mine Safety & Training Program is the administrative arm of the Colorado Coal Mine Board of Examiners. The Board is responsible for setting standards, examination, training and certification of coal miners in the positions of mine foreman (surface and underground), fireboss, shotfirer, surface blaster and electrician in compliance with federal MSHA requirements. The Board meets and conducts certification examinations quarterly. The Board consists of four voting members and one ex officio member appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. Board members serve four year terms. The Board appoints 2-3 members to serve on the Electrical Advisory Panel.

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Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board

CMLRB is a multi-interest citizen board which establishes the regulations, standards and policies that guide the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety. The Board was created in 1976 by the Colorado General Assembly. Members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the legislature, serving terms of 4 years. The composition of the Board is established by the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Act.

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