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26.20.27.00.htm 26.20.27.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 20 SURFACE COAL MINING AND RECLAMATION UNDER FEDERALLY APPROVED PROGRAM Chapter 27 Waste Handling Authority: Environment Article, §15-503, Annotated Code of Maryland
26.20.27.01.htm 26.20.27.01. 01 General Requirements.. A. All coal mine waste shall be placed in designated disposal areas within a permit area, which are approved by the Bureau for this purpose. Coal mine waste shall be placed in a controlled manner to:1) Minimize adverse effects of leachate and surface water runoff on surface and ground water quality and quantity;2) Ensure mass stability and prevent mass movement during and after construction;. 3) Ensure that the final disposal facility is suit
26.20.27.02.htm 26.20.27.02. 02 Site Inspections.. A. A qualified registered professional engineer, or other qualified professional specialist under the direction of the professional engineer, shall inspect the coal mine waste disposal facility during construction. The professional engineer or specialist shall be experienced in the construction of similar earth and waste structures.B. Inspections shall be made at least quarterly throughout construction and during critical construction periods. Critical co
26.20.27.03.htm 26.20.27.03. 03 Water Control Measures for Coal Mine Waste Disposal Facilities.. A. If the disposal area contains springs, natural or man-made water courses, or wet weather seeps, the design shall include diversions and underdrains as necessary to control erosion, prevent water infiltration into the disposal facility, and ensure stability. If a subdrainage system is used, it shall:1) Intercept all ground water sources;. 2) Be protected by an adequate filter;. 3) Be covered so as to pr
26.20.27.04.htm 26.20.27.04. 04 Construction Requirements.. A. Refuse piles shall be constructed in compliance with the requirements of COMAR 26.20.26, except to the extent that the requirements of that chapter are varied in this regulation.B. Refuse piles shall have a minimum static safety factor of 1.5.. C. Compaction requirements during construction or modification of all coal mine waste disposal facilities are as follows:1) Waste shall be spread in layers not more than 24 inches in thickness..
26.20.27.05.htm 26.20.27.05. 05 Burning Coal Mine Wastes.. Coal mine waste fires shall be extinguished by the person who conducts the surface mining activities, in accordance with a plan approved by the Bureau and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) The plan shall contain, at a minimum, provisions to ensure that only those persons authorized by the operator and who have an understanding of the procedures to be used shall be involved in the extinguishing operations.
26.20.27.06.htm 26.20.27.06. 06 Removal of Burned or Burning Coal Mine Wastes from a Disposal Area.. Before any burned or burning coal mine waste is removed from a disposal area, approval shall be obtained from the Bureau. A plan for removal, with maps and appropriate drawings to illustrate the proposed sequence of the operation, shall be submitted to the Bureau. Consideration shall be given in the plan to potential hazards to persons working or living in the vicinity of the structure. The plan s
26.20.27.07.htm 26.20.27.07. 07 Disposal of Coal Mine Waste to Underground Workings.. Coal mine waste may be disposed of in underground mine workings only in accordance with a plan approved by the Bureau and MSHA.
26.20.27.08.htm 26.20.27.08. 08 Disposal of Non-Coal Wastes.. A. Non-coal wastes including, but not limited to, grease, lubricants, paints, flammable liquids, garbage, abandoned mining machinery, lumber, and other combustibles generated during surface mining activities shall be placed and stored in a controlled manner in a designated portion of the permit area. Placement and storage shall ensure that leachate and surface runoff do not degrade surface or ground water, fires are prevented, and that the area r
26.20.27.09.htm 26.20.27.09. 09 General Requirements for Coal Mine Waste Impounding Structures.. A. Coal mine waste may not be used in the construction of impounding structures unless it has been demonstrated that the stability of the structure will be ensured, and that the use of coal mine waste will not have a detrimental effect on downstream water quality or the environment due to acid seepage through the impounding structure. All demonstrations shall be submitted to and approval obtained
26.20.27.10.htm 26.20.27.10. 10 Site Preparation for Coal Mine Waste Impounding Structures.. Before coal mine waste is placed at a dam or embankment site:. A. All vegetative and organic materials shall be removed from the site and disposed of in an approved manner and location. All topsoil shall be removed and handled in accordance with COMAR 26.20.25.02.B. Surface drainage that may cause instability or erosion to the embankment area, or the embankment features, whether during construction or after com
26.20.27.11.htm 26.20.27.11. 11 Design and Construction Requirements for Coal Mine Waste Impounding Structures.. A. The design of each dam and embankment constructed of coal mine waste, or intended to impound this waste, shall comply with the permanent and temporary impoundment requirements of the Regulatory Program, modified as follows:1) The design freeboard between the lowest point on the embankment crest and the maximum water elevation shall be at least 3 feet. The maximum water elevation shall be that de
26.20.27.9999.htm 26.20.27.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―11 were previously codified as COMAR 08.13.09.33A―K, 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 08.20.27 to COMAR 26.20.27, June 1996.
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