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26.20.19.00.htm 26.20.19.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 20 SURFACE COAL MINING AND RECLAMATION UNDER FEDERALLY APPROVED PROGRAM Chapter 19 Roads Authority: Environment Article, §15-503, Annotated Code of Maryland
26.20.19.01.htm 26.20.19.01. 01 General.. A. Each road, as defined in COMAR 26.20.01.02B(82) shall be classified as either a primary road or an ancillary road.B. A primary road is any road which is:. 1) Used for transporting coal or spoil;. 2) Frequently used for access or other purposes for a period in excess of 6 months; or. 3) To be retained for an approved postmining land use.. C. An ancillary road is any road not classified as a primary road.. D. Each person who conducts surface mining activit
26.20.19.02.htm 26.20.19.02. 02 Location of Primary Roads.. A. Primary roads shall be located, insofar as possible, on the most stable available areas to minimize erosion.B. No part of any roads may be located in the channel of an intermittent or perennial stream unless specifically approved by the Bureau in accordance with the applicable requirements of COMAR 26.20.20 and COMAR 26.20.21.02―04.C. Stream fords on perennial or intermittent streams by primary roads are prohibited unless they are
26.20.19.03.htm 26.20.19.03. 03 Design and Construction of Primary Roads.. A. Primary roads shall be designed and constructed or reconstructed in compliance with the standards of this regulation in order to control subsequent erosion and disturbance of the hydrologic balance.B. Vertical Alignment. Maximum road grades shall be as follows:. 1) The overall grade may not exceed 10:1 (10 percent). 2) The maximum grade may not exceed 6.5:1 (15 percent). 3) There may not be more than 300 feet of grade ex
26.20.19.04.htm 26.20.19.04. 04 Drainage Control for Primary Roads.. A. General.. 1) Each primary road shall be designed, constructed or reconstructed, and maintained to have adequate drainage, using structures such as but not limited to bridges, ditches, cross drains, and ditch relief drains. The drainage control system shall be designed to safely pass peak runoff from a 2-year, 24-hour precipitation event.2) Drainage pipes and culverts shall be installed as designed and maintained in a free and operating
26.20.19.05.htm 26.20.19.05. 05 Surfacing.. A. Roads shall be surfaced with material approved by the Bureau as sufficiently durable for the anticipated volume of traffic, and weight and speed of vehicles to be used.B. Acid-forming or toxic-forming substances may not be used in road surfacing..
26.20.19.06.htm 26.20.19.06. 06 Maintenance.. A. Roads and related structures shall be maintained in such a manner that the required or approved design standards are met throughout their entire period of use.B. Access and haul roads shall be maintained to eliminate water accumulation on the surface, rutting, and dust.C. Ditches, culverts, drains, debris basins, and any sediment control structure may not be blocked in any manner that impedes drainage or adversely affects the intended purpose of the structure.
26.20.19.07.htm 26.20.19.07. 07 Reclamation of Roads.. A road not to be retained under an approved postmining land use shall be reclaimed in accordance with the approved reclamation plan as soon as practicable after it is no longer needed for mining and reclamation operations. This reclamation shall include:1) Closing the road to traffic;. 2) Removing all bridges and culverts, unless approved as part of the postmining land use;. 3) Removing or disposing of road surfacing materials that are incompatible
26.20.19.08.htm 26.20.19.08. 08 Other Transportation Facilities.. Railroad loops, spurs, sidings, surface conveyor systems, chutes, aerial tramways, or other transportation facilities shall be designed, constructed or reconstructed, and maintained, and the area restored in order to:A. Prevent damage to fish, wildlife, and related environmental values;. B. Prevent additional contributions of suspended solids to streamflow or runoff outside the permit area; any contributions may not be in excess of the
26.20.19.09.htm 26.20.19.09. 09 Support Facilities and Utility Installations.. A. Support facilities required for, or used incidental to, the operation of the mine, including but not limited to mine buildings, coal loading facilities at or near the mine site, coal storage facilities, equipment-storage facilities, fan buildings, preparation plants, sheds, shops, and other buildings, shall be designed, constructed or reconstructed, and located to prevent or control erosion and siltation, water polluti
26.20.19.9999.htm 26.20.19.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―07 and .08―09 were previously codified as COMAR 08.13.09.22A―G and V―W, 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 08.20.19 to COMAR 26.20.19, June 1996. Chapter revised effective February 5, 2001 (28:2 Md. R. 105).
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