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26.20.03.00.htm 26.20.03.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 20 SURFACE COAL MINING AND RECLAMATION UNDER FEDERALLY APPROVED PROGRAM Chapter 03 Permit Applications ― Special Categories of Mining Authority: Environment Article, §15-503, Annotated Code of Maryland
26.20.03.01.htm 26.20.03.01. 01 Scope.. These requirements are in addition to the general requirements contained in COMAR 26.20.02..
26.20.03.02.htm 26.20.03.02. 02 Experimental Practices Mining.. A. The requirements of this regulation apply to any person who conducts or intends to conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations under a permit authorizing the use of alternative mining practices on an experimental basis, if the practices require a variance from the environmental protection performance standards of the Regulatory Program. The purpose of this regulation is to provide requirements for the permitting of surface coal mini
26.20.03.03.htm 26.20.03.03. 03 Mountaintop Removal Mining.. A. This regulation applies to any person who conducts or intends to conduct surface mining activities by mountaintop removal mining. "Mountaintop removal mining" means surface mining activities where the mining operation removes an entire coal seam or seams running through the upper fraction of a mountain, ridge, or hill (except where an outcrop barrier, consisting of the lowest coal seam and its associated overburden, is required to be retained
26.20.03.04.htm 26.20.03.04. 04 Steep Slope Mining.. A. This regulation applies to any person who conducts or intends to conduct steep slope surface coal mining and reclamation operations. "Steep slope" means any slope of 20 degrees or more. This regulation does not apply to operations on predominantly flat or gently rolling terrain, but on which an occasional steep slope is encountered as the mining operation proceeds.B. The Bureau will not issue a permit for surface mining activities on slop
26.20.03.05.htm 26.20.03.05. 05 Prime Farmlands.. A. This regulation applies to any person who conducts or intends to conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations on prime farmland historically used for cropland. Nothing in this regulation applies to any permit issued before August 3, 1977, or to any revisions or renewals of it, or to any existing surface mining operations for which a permit was issued before August 3, 1977.B. All permit applications shall include the results of a reconnaissance in
26.20.03.06.htm 26.20.03.06. 06 Variances for Delay in Contemporaneous Reclamation Requirement in Combined Surface and Underground Mining Operations.A. This regulation applies to any person who conducts or intends to conduct combined surface mining activities and underground mining activities, where contemporaneous reclamation is not practicable and a delay is requested to allow underground mining activities to be conducted before the reclamation operation for the surface mining activities can
26.20.03.07.htm 26.20.03.07. 07 Augering.. A. Any application for a permit for augering operations shall contain, in the mining and reclamation plan, a description of the augering methods to be used and the measures to be used to comply with the requirements of COMAR 26.20.24.01 for auger mining.B. A permit may not be issued for an augering operation unless the Bureau finds, in writing, that the operation:1) Meets all other requirements of this subtitle; and.
26.20.03.08.htm 26.20.03.08. 08 Coal Preparation Plants and Associated Facilities Not Located within the Permit Area of a Mine.. A. Regulations .08 and .09 of this chapter apply to any person who conducts or intends to conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations using coal preparation plants and associated facilities not otherwise within a permit area of a mine.B. Any such person shall obtain a permit from the Bureau under the Regulatory Program in accordance with the requirements of this regulation.
26.20.03.09.htm 26.20.03.09. 09 Schedules.. A timely application pursuant to Regulation .08F of this chapter shall consist of filing of an application in accordance with the following schedules:A. Within 2 months of the effective date of this regulation the following shall be submitted to the Bureau:1) Module I and Module II of the application for mining operations.. 2) A map at a scale of 500 feet to the inch, or larger. The map shall identify:. a) The boundaries of surface properties within the
26.20.03.10.htm 26.20.03.10. 10 In Situ Processing Activities.. A. This regulation applies to any person who conducts or intends to conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations using in situ processing activities.B. Any application for a permit for operations covered by this regulation shall be made according to all requirements applicable to underground mining activities. In addition, the mining and reclamation operations plan for operations involving in situ processing activities s
26.20.03.9999.htm 26.20.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01 and .02―10 were previously codified as COMAR 08.13.09.03 Introduction and A―I, respectively. Recodification occurred in April, 1993. For a history of these regulations before April, 1993, see "Administrative History of COMAR 08.13.09 before April, 1993" which follows COMAR 26.20.01. ―Chapter recodified from COMAR 08.20.03 to COMAR 26.20.03, June 1996. Regulation .05I amended effective July 8, 2002 (29:13 Md. R. 993).
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