Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Energy
Department of Energy
Rules and Regulations Governing Blasting in Surface Mining Operations [4 VAC 25 ‑ 110]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description The regulation ensures that blasting performed in conjunction with coal mining is performed safely and efficiently. It serves to protect miners, persons living close to mines, and property from fly rock and other hazards associated with blasting.
State Authority Virginia Code Sections 45.1-161.3 , 45.1-161.254 , 45.1-161.286
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. To provide for the safety of persons at the mine by reducing the risk of accident or injury from blasting in surface coal mines.
2. To protect off-site property from damage caused by blasting in surface coal mines.
3. To encourage more productive coal mines.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Michael Skiffington  / Regulatory Coordinator
Address: Department of Energy
1100 Bank Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219-3402
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)692-3212    FAX: (804)692-3237    TDD: (800)828-1120
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Regulatory action to reflect agency name change and recodification of Title 45.1 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/31/2022.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
7/30/2020 Completed Retain As Is
9/8/2015 Completed Retain As Is
7/14/2011 Completed Retain As Is
9/28/2007 Completed Retain As Is