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26.20.25.00.htm 26.20.25.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 20 SURFACE COAL MINING AND RECLAMATION UNDER FEDERALLY APPROVED PROGRAM Chapter 25 Soil Conservation Authority: Environment Article, §15-503, Annotated Code of Maryland
26.20.25.01.htm 26.20.25.01. 01 Clearing and Disposal of Trees and Shrubs.. All trees and shrubs shall be cut and removed from the affected area. Shrubs or brush removed from the disturbed area shall be buried at the bottom of the pit, separate from any acid or toxic materials, or in other suitable locations approved by the Bureau.
26.20.25.02.htm 26.20.25.02. 02 Topsoil Handling.. A. Topsoil Removal.. 1) Topsoil to be saved shall be removed after vegetation that could interfere with the use of the topsoil is cleared from the areas to be disturbed, but before any drilling, blasting, mining, or other surface disturbance.2) All topsoil shall be removed in a separate layer from the areas to be disturbed, unless use of substitute or supplemental materials is approved by the Bureau. If the topsoil is less than 6 inches,
26.20.25.03.htm 26.20.25.03. 03 Slides.. A. An undisturbed natural barrier shall be provided beginning at the elevation of the lowest coal seam to be mined, and extending from the outslope for such distance as may be determined by the Bureau as is needed to assure stability. The barrier shall be retained in place to prevent slides and erosion.B. At any time a slide occurs which may have a potential affect on public property, health, safety, or the environment, the person who conducts the su
26.20.25.9999.htm 26.20.25.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01, .02, and .03 were previously codified as COMAR 08.13.09.30, .31, and .37, 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 08.20.25 to COMAR 26.20.25, June 1996. Regulation .02D amended effective May 8, 2006 (33:9 Md. R. 797).
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