SB 0415 Revises land reclamation permits and procedures for certain substances, not including coal
LR Number:1742S.01I Fiscal Note:1742-01
Committee:Commerce and Environment
Last Action:03/13/01 - Hearing Conducted S Commerce & Environment Committee Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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Current Bill Summary

SB 415 - The length of validity for surface mining permits is changed from one year to the date specified in the mine plan but permits will need to be renewed annually. This act clarifies the timing of certain notice and publication requirements during the application process and revises the fee structure. The act transfers certain authorities of the commission to the Director of the Land Reclamation Commission. The public hearing provisions are changed to allow a public meeting or a formal public hearing. However, administrative procedures will not apply to public meetings. Individuals are allowed to request a formal public hearing if a public meeting does not resolve the concerns.

Operators would be required to employ erosion control measures on overburden stockpiles if the erosion is causing environmental damage. The time period for the commencement of reclamation is clarified to commence when mining is deemed complete. Mining would not be complete if credible evidence is presented that viable mineral reserves are present. In order to perform reclamation in prelaw areas certain requirements must be met and a reclamation plan must be filed.

Similar provisions of this act are contained in SCS/HB 453.