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26.20.24.00.htm 26.20.24.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 20 SURFACE COAL MINING AND RECLAMATION UNDER FEDERALLY APPROVED PROGRAM Chapter 24 Special Performance Standards Authority: Environment Article, §1-404, 15-503, and 15-702, Annotated Code of Maryland
26.20.24.01.htm 26.20.24.01. 01 Auger Mining.. A. Any auger mining associated with surface mining activities shall be conducted to maximize recoverability of mineral reserves remaining after the mining activities are completed. The permittee shall leave areas of undisturbed coal as approved by the Bureau, to provide access for removal of those reserves by future underground mining activities, unless the Bureau determines that the coal reserves have been depleted or are limited in thickness or
26.20.24.02.htm 26.20.24.02. 02 Operations on Prime Farmland.. Surface coal mining and reclamation operations conducted on prime farmland shall meet the following requirements:A. Soil materials to be used in the reconstruction of prime farmland shall be removed before drilling, blasting, or mining, in a manner that prevents mixing or contamination with undesirable material. The minimum depth of soil and soil material to be removed for use in reconstruction of prime farmland soils shall be suffici
26.20.24.03.htm 26.20.24.03. 03 Mountaintop Removal.. The Bureau may grant a variance from the requirement for restoring affected areas to their approximate original contour if all of the following conditions are satisfied:A. The permit application specifically requests a variance, and contains information in accordance with COMAR 26.20.03.03, and the following criteria, which enables the Bureau to make all necessary findings.B. The activities involve the mining of an entire coal seam running through
26.20.24.04.htm 26.20.24.04. 04 Operations on Steep Slopes.. The following special requirements apply whenever the affected area includes steep slopes:. A. The permittee shall prevent the following materials from being placed or allowed to remain on the downslope:1) Spoil;. 2) Waste materials, including waste mineral matter;. 3) Debris, including that from clearing and grubbing of haul road construction; and. 4) Abandoned or disabled equipment.. B. Nothing in §A of this regulation shall prohibit
26.20.24.05.htm 26.20.24.05. 05 Coal Preparation Plants and Associated Facilities.. Each person who operates a coal preparation plant and associated facilities, as defined in COMAR 26.20.01, shall obtain a permit to conduct those operations and otherwise comply with, at a minimum, the Regulatory Program requirements related to:A. Signs and markers for the coal processing plant, coal processing waste disposal area, and water treatment facilities;B. Roads, transport, and associated structures;.
26.20.24.06.htm 26.20.24.06. 06 In Situ Processing.. A. In situ processing activities shall be planned and conducted to minimize disturbance to the prevailing hydrologic balance by:1) Avoiding discharge of fluids into holes or wells, other than as approved by the Bureau;. 2) Injecting process recovery fluids only into geologic zones or intervals approved as production zones by the Bureau;3) Avoiding annular injection between the wall of the drill hole and the casing; and.
26.20.24.07.htm 26.20.24.07. 07 Concurrent Surface and Underground Mining.. A. Surface coal mining activities may not be conducted closer than 500 feet to any point of either an active or abandoned underground mine, except to the extent that:1) For active underground mines, including abandoned sections of active mines:. a) The nature, timing, and sequence of the operations are jointly approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Bureau; andb) The activities result in improved resource reco
26.20.24.08.htm 26.20.24.08. 08 Utilization of Coal Combustion Byproducts.. A. Purpose and Scope.. 1) This regulation establishes certain minimum standards pertaining to the use of coal combustion byproducts in surface coal mining and reclamation operations and in abandoned coal mines.2) Coal combustion byproducts may not be used in surface coal mining and reclamation operations or in abandoned coal mines, except in accordance with this regulation.3) Compliance with this regulation does not reliev
26.20.24.9999.htm 26.20.24.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―07 were previously codified as COMAR 08.13.09.28A―G, 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 08.20.24 to COMAR 26.20.24, June 1996. Regulation .08 adopted effective December 1, 2008 (35:24 Md. R. 2080).
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