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6 This act modifies the Mines and Mining Code to provide that the Division of Oil, Gas and
7 Mining pay certain costs relating to the filing of a surface coal mining and reclamation
8 application and plan, and providing for the reimbursement of certain costs from the coal
9 operator to the division.
10 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
12 40-10-10, as last amended by Chapter 219, Laws of Utah 1994
13 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
14 Section 1. Section 40-10-10 is amended to read:
15 40-10-10. Permit application fee -- Submission of application and reclamation plan
16 -- Determinations, tests, and samplings -- Filing of application -- Insurance required --
17 Blasting plan.
18 (1) Each application for a surface coal mining and reclamation permit under the provisions
19 of this chapter shall be accompanied by a fee as determined by the division[
20 specified in this Subsection (1) may not [
21 review the application[
22 (2) (a) The permit application and the reclamation plan submitted as part of a permit
23 application shall be submitted in the manner, form, and with the content specified by the division
24 in [
25 (i) the permit applicant;
26 (ii) every legal owner of record of the [
28 (iii) the holders, of record, of any leasehold interest in the property;
29 (iv) any purchaser, of record, of the property under a real estate contract;
30 (v) the operator, if he is a person different from the applicant; and
31 (vi) [
32 addresses of the principals, officers, and resident agent for service of process, if any of these are
33 business entities other than a single proprietor.
34 (b) [
35 (A) an accurate map or plan, to an appropriate scale, clearly showing the land to be
36 affected as of the date of the application, and the area of land within the permit area upon which
37 the applicant has the legal right to enter and commence surface mining operations[
38 (B) a statement of those documents upon which the applicant bases his legal right to enter
39 and commence surface mining operations on the area affected, and whether that right is the subject
40 of pending court litigation[
41 (ii) This chapter may not be construed as vesting in the division the jurisdiction to
42 adjudicate property title disputes.
43 (c) (i) A permit application shall also include a:
44 (A) determination of the probable hydrologic consequences of the mining and reclamation
45 operations, both on and off the mine site with respect to the hydrologic regime[
46 (B) determination of the quantity and quality of water in surface and groundwater systems,
47 including the dissolved and suspended solids under seasonal flow conditions[
48 (C) collection of sufficient data for the mine site and surrounding areas so that an
49 assessment can be made by the division of the probable cumulative impacts of all anticipated
50 mining in the area upon the hydrology of the area and, particularly, upon water availability[
52 (ii) The determination required under Subsection (2)(c)(i) shall not be required until [
54 appropriate federal or state agency.
55 (iii) The permit shall not be approved until [
56 section is available and is incorporated into the application.
57 (d) (i) A [
58 (A) the result of test borings or core samplings from the permit area, including logs of the
59 drill holes;
60 (B) the thickness of the coal seam found;
61 (C) an analysis of the chemical properties of [
62 (D) the sulfur content of any coal seam;
63 (E) chemical analysis of potentially acid or toxic-forming sections of the overburden; and
64 (F) chemical analysis of the stratum lying immediately underneath the coal to be mined[
66 (ii) Application requirements of this Subsection (2) may be waived by the division [
68 are unnecessary.
75 (3) (a) If the division finds that the probable total annual production at all locations of a
76 coal surface mining operator will not exceed 300,000 tons, and if funding is available under the
77 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, 30 U.S.C. Sec. 1201 et seq., the cost of the
78 following activities shall be paid by the division, upon the written request of the operator in
79 connection with a permit application:
80 (i) the determination of probable hydrologic consequences required by Subsection (2)(c),
81 including the engineering analyses and designs necessary for the determination;
82 (ii) the development of cross-section maps and plans of the land to be affected, including
83 the area to be mined;
84 (iii) the geologic drilling and statement of results of test borings and core samplings
85 required by Subsection(2)(d);
86 (iv) the collection of archaeological and historical information required by the division,
87 and the preparation of those plans;
88 (v) preblast surveys required by Subsection 40-10-17 (2)(o); and
89 (vi) the collection of site-specific resource information and production of protection and
90 enhancement plans for fish and wildlife habitats and other environmental values required by the
91 division under this act.
92 (b) The activities specified in Subsection (3)(a) shall be performed by a qualified public
93 or private laboratory or other qualified public or private entity designated by the division.
94 (c) A coal operator who has received assistance pursuant to this Subsection (3) shall
95 reimburse the division for the cost of the services rendered, if the division finds that the operator's
96 actual and attributed annual production of coal for all locations exceeds 300,000 tons during the
97 12 months immediately following the date on which the operator is issued the surface coal mining
98 and reclamation permit.
99 (4) (a) Information pertaining to coal seams, test borings, core samplings, or soil samples
100 or other equivalent information, as required by this section, shall be made available to [
101 person [
102 (b) Information which pertains only to the analysis of the chemical and physical properties
103 of the coal [
104 potentially toxic to the environment[
106 (5) [
107 of the application [
108 public office approved by the division where the mining is proposed to occur, except for [
109 information pertaining to the coal seam itself.
110 (6) [
111 of the permit application a certificate issued by an insurance company, authorized to do business
112 in the state, certifying that the applicant has a public liability insurance policy in force for the
113 surface mining and reclamation operation for which the permit is sought, or evidence that the
114 applicant has satisfied other state or federal self-insurance requirements.
115 (b) The policy shall:
116 (i) provide for personal injury and property damage protection in an amount adequate to
117 compensate any persons damaged as a result of surface coal mining and reclamation operations,
118 including the use of explosives, and entitled to compensation under the applicable provisions of
119 state law[
120 (ii) be maintained in full force and effect during the terms of the permit or any renewal,
121 including the length of all reclamation operations.
122 (7) [
123 the division, as part of the permit application, a blasting plan which shall outline the procedures
124 and standards by which the operator will meet the provisions of Subsection 40-10-17 (2)(o).
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-30-02 1:58 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.