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26.20.22.00.htm 26.20.22.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 20 SURFACE COAL MINING AND RECLAMATION UNDER FEDERALLY APPROVED PROGRAM Chapter 22 Explosives Authority: Environment Article, §15-503, Annotated Code of Maryland
26.20.22.01.htm 26.20.22.01. 01 General.. A. The permittee shall comply with all applicable local, State, and federal laws and regulations related to the storage, handling, preparation, and use of explosives.B. Blasting operations that use more than the equivalent of 5 pounds of explosives shall be conducted according to a time schedule approved by the Bureau.C. Not later than 1 year after the effective date of this chapter, all blasting operations shall be conducted by or under the direction of at least on
26.20.22.02.htm 26.20.22.02. 02 Pre-blasting Survey.. A. A resident or owner of a dwelling or structure within 1/2 mile of the permit area may request a pre-blasting survey. This request shall be made, in writing, directly to the permittee or the Bureau, who shall promptly notify the permittee. The permittee shall promptly have a pre-blast survey of the dwelling or structure conducted and a written report of the survey prepared. If requested by the resident or owner, the permittee shall have any upd
26.20.22.03.htm 26.20.22.03. 03 Public Notice of Blasting Schedule.. A. Each permittee shall publish a blasting schedule at least 30 days, but not more than 45 days, before beginning a blasting program in which blasts that use more than 5 pounds of explosive or blasting agent are detonated. The blasting schedule shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality of the blasting site. A copy of the certification of publication shall be retained with the blasting record
26.20.22.04.htm 26.20.22.04. 04 Public Notice of Changes to Blasting Schedules.. A. Before blasting in areas or at times not in a previous schedule, the permittee shall publish and distribute a revised blasting schedule, at least 10 days but not more than 30 days before blasting. Information on requesting a pre-blast survey need not be repeated in a change notice.B. If there is a substantial pattern of non-adherence to the published blasting schedule as evidenced by the absence of blasting during a scheduled pe
26.20.22.05.htm 26.20.22.05. 05 Blasting Signs.. All blasting signs shall be constructed, installed, and maintained in accordance with COMAR 26.20.18 on signs and markers.
26.20.22.06.htm 26.20.22.06. 06 Surface Blasting Requirements.. A. All blasting shall be conducted between sunrise and sunset.. B. Blasting shall be conducted at times approved by the Bureau and announced in the published blasting schedule. The Bureau may limit the area covered, specify more restrictive time periods, and limit the sequence of blasting as listed in the schedule, if the limitations are necessary or reasonable in order to protect the public health and safety or welfare.C. Unscheduled blasts may
26.20.22.07.htm 26.20.22.07. 07 Records of Blasting Operations.. A. The operator shall retain a record of all blasts for at least 3 years. Upon request, copies of these records shall be made available to the Bureau and to the public for inspection.B. The records shall contain the following data:. 1) Name of the operator conducting the blast;. 2) Location, date, and time of blast;. 3) Name, signature, and certification number of blaster conducting the blast;. 4) Identification, direction, and distance, in fee
26.20.22.08.htm 26.20.22.08. 08 Blaster Training Examination and Certification.. A. As used in this chapter, a blaster is a person who is directly responsible for the use of explosives in surface coal mining operations and is certified under this regulation.B. Qualifications. Persons applying to become certified blasters shall:. 1) Be at least 21 years old;. 2) Have received at least 1 year of qualifying experience under the direction and supervision of a certified blaster in the handling and use of explos
26.20.22.9999.htm 26.20.22.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―08 were previously codified as COMAR 08.13.09.25A―H, 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 08.20.22 to COMAR 26.20.22, June 1996.
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