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S.B. 65 Enrolled
This act modifies the Mines and Mining Code to provide that a reclamation surety be
posted for all small mining operations and exploration projects. This act makes technical
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
40-8-7, as last amended by Chapter 147, Laws of Utah 1987
40-8-13, as last amended by Chapters 147 and 161, Laws of Utah 1987
40-8-14, as last amended by Chapter 190, Laws of Utah 1998
40-8-18, as last amended by Chapter 147, Laws of Utah 1987
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 40-8-7 is amended to read:
40-8-7. Board and division -- Authority.
(1) The board and the division may require:
(a) that a notice of intention for all mining operations be filed with, and approved by,
the division, before the mining operation commences or continues pursuant to Sections 40-8-13
and 40-8-23 ;
this chapter having due regard for innate differences in mineral deposits;
furnishing and maintenance of reasonable surety to guarantee that the [
(d) that the operator rehabilitate, close, or mitigate the impacts of each drill hole, shaft, or
tunnel as [
(e) that the operator pay legally determined public liability and property damage claims
resulting from mining operations[
(f) that every operator who conducts mining operations in the state maintain suitable
records and make periodic reports to the division [
under this chapter;
(g) that with respect to all mining operations, a notice of intention is filed with and, if
required by this chapter, approved by the division before any such mining operations are
commenced or continued pursuant to Section 40-8-23 ;
(h) the suspension of mining operations in [
(i) the payment of fixed, uniform, and nonescalating permit fees; or
(j) that mining operations be conducted [
health and safety.
(2) No rule established by the board with respect to mined land reclamation shall have
retroactive effect on existing reclamation plans included as a part of an approved notice of
intention to commence mining operations which was approved prior to the effective date of the
(3) The board may promulgate rules relating to the surety for mining operations in
accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
Section 2. Section 40-8-13 is amended to read:
40-8-13. Notice of intention required prior to mining operations -- Assurance of
reclamation required in notice of intention -- When contents confidential -- Approval of
notice of intention not required for small mining operations -- Procedure for reviewing
notice of intention.
(1) (a) Before any operator begins mining operations, or continues mining operations
pursuant to Section 40-8-23 , [
mining operation with the division.
(b) The notice of intention referred to in Subsection (1)(a) shall include:
(i) identification of all owners of any interest in a mineral deposit, including any
ownership interest in surface land affected by the notice;
(ii) copies of underground and surface mine maps;
(iii) locations of drill holes;
(iv) accurate area maps of existing and proposed operations; and
(v) information regarding the amount of material extracted, moved, or proposed to be
moved, relating to the mining operation.
the operator shall conduct reclamation as required by rules promulgated by the board.
operations, shall include a plan for reclamation of the lands affected as required by rules
promulgated by the board.
(2) The division may require that the operator rehabilitate, close, or mitigate the impacts
of each drill hole, shaft, or tunnel when no longer needed as part of the mining operation.
the location, size, or nature of the deposit that is marked confidential by the operator shall be
protected as confidential information by the board and the division and is not a matter of public
record unless the board or division obtains a written release from the operator, or until the mining
operation has been terminated as provided in Subsection 40-8-21 (2).
complete its review of the notice and shall make further inquiries, inspections, or examinations
that are necessary to properly evaluate the notice.
(b) The division shall notify the operator of any objections to the notice and shall grant
the operator a reasonable opportunity to take action that may be required to remove the
objections or obtain a ruling relative to the objections from the board.
intention for small mining operations is not required.
operations, shall be reviewed as provided in this Subsection (6).
(a) Within 30 days after receipt of a notice of intention or within 30 days following the
last action of the operator or the division on the notice of intention, the division shall make a
tentative decision to approve or disapprove the notice of intention.
(b) The division shall:
(i) mail the information relating to the land affected and the tentative decision to the
(ii) publish the information and the decision, in abbreviated form, one time only, in all
newspapers of general circulation published in the county where the land affected is situated, and
in a daily newspaper of general circulation in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(c) The division shall also mail a copy of the abbreviated information and tentative
decision to the zoning authority of the county in which the land affected is situated and to the
owner of record of the land affected.
(d) (i) Any person or agency aggrieved by the tentative decision may file a request for
agency action with the division.
(ii) If no requests for agency action are received by the division within 30 days after the
last date of publication, the tentative decision on the notice of intention is final and the division
shall notify the operator.
(iii) If written objections of substance are received, the division shall hold a formal
(e) This Subsection [
operations other than small mining operations, the division will review the notice of intention
and approve or disapprove it.
Section 3. Section 40-8-14 is amended to read:
40-8-14. Surety requirement -- Liability of small mining operations for failure to
reclaim -- Forfeiture of surety.
(1) After receiving notification that a notice of intention for mining operations [
operations, the operator shall provide surety to the division, in a form and amount determined by
the division or board as provided in this section.
(2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3), the division shall approve the amount and
form of surety.
(b) In determining the amount of surety to be provided, the division shall consider:
(i) the magnitude, type, and costs of approved reclamation activities planned for the land
(ii) the nature, extent, and duration of operations under the approved notice.
(c) The division shall approve a fixed amount estimated to be required to complete
reclamation at any point in time covered by the notice of intent [
(d) (i) The division shall determine the amount of surety required for notices of intention,
by using cost data from current large mining sureties.
(ii) The costs shall be adjusted to reflect the nature and scope of activities in the
affirmative statement filed under Subsection 40-8-18 (4).
shall approve a method acceptable to the operator consistent with the requirements of this
chapter. The form of surety that the operator may provide includes, but is not limited to, the
(ii) a bond or other form of insured guarantee;
(iii) deposited securities; or
(3) (a) If the operator proposes reclamation surety in the form of a written contractual
agreement, the board shall approve the form of surety.
(b) In making this decision, the board shall consider:
(i) the operator's:
(A) financial status;
(B) assets within the state;
(C) past performance in complying with contractual agreements; and
(D) facilities available to carry out the planned work;
(ii) the magnitude, type, and costs of approved reclamation activities planned for the land
(iii) the nature, extent, and duration of operations under the approved notice.
(4) In determining the amount and form of surety to be provided under this section,
consideration shall be given to similar requirements made on the operator by landowners,
governmental agencies, or others, with the intent that surety requirements shall be coordinated
and not duplicated.
(5) The liability under surety provisions shall continue until liability, in part, or in its
entirety, is released by the division.
operation, fails or refuses to carry out the necessary land reclamation as outlined in the approved
notice of intention, the board may, after notice and hearing, declare any surety filed for this
(b) With respect to the surety filed with the division, the board shall request the attorney
general to take the necessary legal action to enforce and collect the amount of liability.
(c) If surety or a bond has been filed with the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands,
the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or any agency of the federal
government, the board shall certify a copy of the transcript of the hearing and transmit it to the
agency together with a request that the necessary forfeiture action be taken.
(d) The forfeited surety shall be used only for the reclamation of the land to which it
relates, and any residual amount returned to the rightful claimant.
Section 4. Section 40-8-18 is amended to read:
40-8-18. Notice of intention to revise operations -- Procedure.
(1) (a) [
new technology, an operator [
intention shall submit to the division a notice of intention when revising mining operations.
(b) The notice of intention to revise mining operations shall be submitted in the form
(2) (a) The notice of intention to revise mining operations will be designated as an
amendment to the existing notice of intention by the division, based on rules promulgated by the
(b) An amendment of a notice of intention will be reviewed and considered for approval
or disapproval by the division within 30 days of receipt of a notice of intention to revise mining
(3) (a) A notice of intention to revise mining operations, if not designated as an
amendment of a notice of intention[
and considered for approval by the division in the same manner and within the same time period
as an original notice of intention.
(b) The operator shall be authorized and bound by the requirements of [
notice until the revision is acted upon and any revised surety requirements are established and
(4) (a) [
representative shall submit an amendment to the notice of intention [
small mining operations is not required, a revised surety shall be filed by the permittee prior to
implementing the amended notice of intention.
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