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26.20.28.00.htm 26.20.28.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 20 SURFACE COAL MINING AND RECLAMATION UNDER FEDERALLY APPROVED PROGRAM Chapter 28 Backfilling Authority: Environment Article, §15-503, Annotated Code of Maryland
26.20.28.01.htm 26.20.28.01. 01 Contemporaneous Reclamation.. A. Reclamation efforts, including, but not limited to, backfilling, grading, topsoil replacement and revegetation, of all land that is disturbed by surface mining activities, shall occur as contemporaneously as practicable with mining operations.B. Unless otherwise approved by the Bureau, upon a demonstration by the permittee, through a detailed written analysis, in the permit application, that a variation is necessary:1) In contour mining oper
26.20.28.02.htm 26.20.28.02. 02 Method for Backfilling and Grading.. A. Except as specifically exempted in this chapter, all disturbed areas shall be returned to their approximate original contour. All spoil shall be transported, backfilled, compacted (where advisable to ensure stability or to prevent leaching) and graded to eliminate all highwalls, spoil piles, and depressions.B. Backfilled material shall be placed to minimize erosion and water pollution both on and off the site, to minimize adverse
26.20.28.03.htm 26.20.28.03. 03 General Requirements.. A. Postmining final graded slopes need not be uniform but shall approximate the general nature of the pre-mining topography. These requirements may be modified by the Bureau where the surface mining activities are reaffecting previously mined lands that have not been restored to these standards, and sufficient spoil is not available to otherwise comply with this chapter. The permittee shall, at a minimum:
26.20.28.04.htm 26.20.28.04. 04 Covering Coal and Acid-Forming and Toxic-Forming Materials.. A. Cover.. 1) The permittee shall either cover, with a minimum of 4 feet of the best available nontoxic and noncombustible material, or treat all exposed coal seams remaining after mining, and all acid-forming materials, toxic-forming materials, combustible materials, or any other materials identified by the Bureau as exposed, used, or produced during mining.2) Cover or treatment shall be provided so as to n
26.20.28.05.htm 26.20.28.05. 05 Overburden.. Surface mining activities shall be conducted to meet, at a minimum, the following standards:. A. All spoil and wastes not required to achieve the approximate original contour of the mine plan area shall be hauled or conveyed, backfilled, or graded to the lowest practicable grade, to achieve a static factor of safety of 1.3 and cover all acid-forming and other toxic-forming materials;B. Haul or convey, backfill, and grade excess spoil and wastes only within
26.20.28.06.htm 26.20.28.06. 06 Regrading or Stabilizing Rills and Gullies.. When rills or gullies deeper than 9 inches form in areas that have been regraded and top-soiled, the rills and gullies shall be filled, graded, or otherwise stabilized and the area area reseeded or replanted in accordance with the revegetation requirements. The Bureau shall specify that rills or gullies of lesser size be stabilized and the area reseeded or replanted if the rills or gullies are disruptive to the approved p
26.20.28.9999.htm 26.20.28.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―06 were previously codified as COMAR 08.13.09.34A―F, 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 08.20.28 to COMAR 26.20.28, June 1996.
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