President Donald Trump nominated Steven Gardner to be the director of the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) at the U.S. Department of the Interior. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke hailed Gardner’s nomination.

“When confirmed, Steve will be an unbelievable asset to coal country and the entire team at the Department of the Interior,” said Secretary Zinke. “Steve is highly regarded in the mining industry for his extensive experience and insight. Steve will help Interior take the proper steps forward to ensure American energy dominance is achieved, while also being a responsible steward of American lands. We very much look forward to a quick confirmation process.”

“I am beyond humbled and honored to be nominated by President Trump for the director of OSM,” said Gardner. “My whole life, I have been involved with mining on multiple levels, and I understand the importance of these issues to the communities we serve. I pledge to work every day on behalf of the men and women across this country who look to the OSM office as a partner in bettering life for all people on mining lands.”

Gardner is currently serving as the president and CEO of ECSI LLC, a consulting practice where he focused on natural resources, mining, reclamation, energy, environmental, health and safety issues. As a licensed professional engineer, Gardner has worked on projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. Gardner was the 2015 president of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and is recognized as a distinguished member.