File No. 33673
This rule was published in the June 15, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 12) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Natural Resources, Oil, Gas and Mining; Coal
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 33673
Filed: 05/26/2010 12:59:27 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule identifies general content that is required in coal mine permit applications. The amendment corrects the cross-reference to rules for mining in proximity to a road or dwelling. The rule is being changed at the request of the Office of Surface Mining to be as effective as federal regulation, in order to retain state primacy.
Summary of the rule or change:
This rule amendment updates the cross-reference to rules for conducting coal mining operations near a dwelling or public road. The amendment is in accordance with Office of Surface Mining regulations.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Subsection 40-10-10(2)
- Section 40-10-6
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There are no anticipated costs or savings to the state budget because the amendments are to two rule cross-references which have no state fiscal impact.
No local government costs or savings are anticipated. Local government is not impacted by this rule.
There are no anticipated costs or savings to small businesses because coal mining in Utah normally is not conducted by a small business.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
Persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities are not anticipated to incur costs or savings. These regulations impact the Division and coal mining companies in Utah.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
Coal mine operators within Utah are regulated via the Title R645 rules. The coal mine applicant now must meet the permit requirements of two amended state rule cross-references versus the prior range of rules, in accordance with federal regulations on this topic. Thus, no measurable impact is expected for coal mine operators on compliance costs.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
No measurable fiscal impact upon businesses is expected from this rule change.
Michael Styler, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Natural Resources
Oil, Gas and Mining; Coal
1594 W NORTH TEMPLE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3154
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Steve Schneider at the above address, by phone at 801-538-5328, by FAX at 801-359-3940, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:
- 06/23/2010 09:00 AM, DNR, 1594 W North Temple, #1040, Salt Lake City, UT
This rule may become effective on:
John Baza, Director
R645. Natural Resources; Oil, Gas and Mining; Coal.
R645-301. Coal Mine Permitting: Permit Application Requirements.
R645-301-100. General Contents.
The rules in R645-301-100 present the requirements for the entitled information which should be included in each permit application.
110. Minimum Requirements for Legal, Financial, Compliance and Related Information.
111.100. Objectives. The objectives of R645-301-100 are to insure that all relevant information on the ownership and control of persons who conduct coal mining and reclamation operations, the ownership and control of the property to be affected by the operation, the compliance status and history of those persons, and other important information is provided in the application to the Division.
111.200. Responsibility. It is the responsibility of the permit applicant to provide to the Division all of the information required by R645-301-100.
111.300. Applicability. The requirements of R645-301-100 apply to any person who applies for a permit to conduct coal mining and reclamation operations.
111.400. The applicant shall submit the information required by R645-301-112 and R645-301-113 in a format prescribed by OSM rules governing the Applicant Violator System information needs.
112. Identification of Interests. An application will contain the following:
112.100. A statement as to whether the applicant is a corporation, partnership, single proprietorship, association, or other business entity;
112.200. The name, address, telephone number and, as applicable, social security number and employer identification number of the:
112.220. Applicant's resident agent; and
112.230. Person who will pay the abandoned mine land reclamation fee.
112.300. For each person who owns or controls the applicant under the definition of "owned or controlled" and "owns or controls" in R645-100-200 of this chapter, as applicable:
112.310. The person's name, address, social security number and employer identification number;
112.320. The person's ownership or control relationship to the applicant, including percentage of ownership and location in organizational structure;
112.330. The title of the person's position, date position was assumed, and when submitted under R645-300-147, date of departure from the position;
112.340. Each additional name and identifying number, including employer identification number, Federal or State permit number, and MSHA number with date of issuance, under which the person owns or controls, or previously owned or controlled, a coal mining and reclamation operation in the United States within five years preceding the date of the application; and
112.350. The application number or other identifier of, and the regulatory authority for, any other pending coal mine operation permit application filed by the person in any State in the United States.
112.400. For any coal mining and reclamation operation owned or controlled by either the applicant or by any person who owns or controls the applicant under the definition of "owned or controlled" and "owns or controls" in R645-100-200 the operation's:
112.410. Name, address, identifying numbers, including employer identification number, Federal or State permit number and MSHA number, the date of issuance of the MSHA number, and the regulatory authority; and
112.420. Ownership or control relationship to the applicant, including percentage of ownership and location in organizational structure.
112.500. The name and address of each legal or equitable owner of record of the surface and mineral property to be mined, each holder of record of any leasehold interest in the property to be mined, and any purchaser of record under a real estate contract for the property to be mined;
112.600. The name and address of each owner of record of all property (surface and subsurface) contiguous to any part of the proposed permit area;
112.700. The MSHA numbers for all mine-associated structures that require MSHA approval; and
112.800. A statement of all lands, interest in lands, options, or pending bids on interests held or made by the applicant for lands contiguous to the area described in the permit application. If requested by the applicant, any information required by R645-301-112.800 which is not on public file pursuant to Utah law will be held in confidence by the Division as provided under R645-300-124.320.
112.900. After an applicant is notified that his or her application is approved, but before the permit is issued, the applicant shall, as applicable, update, correct or indicate that no change has occurred in the information previously submitted under R645-301-112.100 through R645-301-112.800.
113. Violation Information. An application will contain the following:
113.100. A statement of whether the applicant or any subsidiary, affiliate, or persons controlled by or under common control with the applicant has:
113.110. Had a federal or state permit to conduct coal mining and reclamation operations suspended or revoked in the five years preceding the date of submission of the application; or
113.120. Forfeited a performance bond or similar security deposited in lieu of bond;
113.200. A brief explanation of the facts involved if any such suspension, revocation, or forfeiture referred to under R645-301-113.110 and R645-301-113.120 has occurred, including:
113.210. Identification number and date of issuance of the permit, and the date and amount of bond or similar security;
113.220. Identification of the authority that suspended or revoked the permit or forfeited the bond and the stated reasons for the action;
113.230. The current status of the permit, bond, or similar security involved;
113.240. The date, location, and type of any administrative or judicial proceedings initiated concerning the suspension, revocation, or forfeiture; and
113.250. The current status of the proceedings; and
113.300. For any violation of a provision of the Act, or of any law, rule or regulation of the United States, or of any derivative State reclamation law, rule or regulation enacted pursuant to Federal law, rule or regulation pertaining to air or water environmental protection incurred in connection with any coal mining and reclamation operation, a list of all violation notices received by the applicant during the three year period preceding the application date, and a list of all unabated cessation orders and unabated air and water quality violation notices received prior to the date of the application by any coal mining and reclamation operation owned or controlled by either the applicant or by any person who owns or controls the applicant. For each violation notice or cessation order reported, the lists shall include the following information, as applicable:
113.310. Any identifying numbers for the operation, including the Federal or State permit number and MSHA number, the dates of issuance of the violation notice and MSHA number, the name of the person to whom the violation notice was issued, and the name of the issuing regulatory authority, department or agency;
113.320. A brief description of the violation alleged in the notice;
113.330. The date, location, and type of any administrative or judicial proceedings initiated concerning the violation, including, but not limited to, proceedings initiated by any person identified in R645-301-113.300 to obtain administrative or judicial review of the violation;
113.340. The current status of the proceedings and of the violation notice; and
113.350. The actions, if any, taken by any person identified in R645-301-113.300 to abate the violation.
113.400. After an applicant is notified that his or her application is approved, but before the permit is issued, the applicant shall, as applicable, update, correct or indicate that no change has occurred in the information previously submitted under R645-301-113.
114. Right-of-Entry Information.
114.100. An application will contain a description of the documents upon which the applicant bases their legal right to enter and begin coal mining and reclamation operations in the permit area and will state whether that right is the subject of pending litigation. The description will identify the documents by type and date of execution, identify the specific lands to which the document pertains, and explain the legal rights claimed by the applicant.
114.200. Where the private mineral estate to be mined has been severed from the private surface estate, an applicant will also submit:
114.210. A copy of the written consent of the surface owner for the extraction of coal by certain coal mining and reclamation operations;
114.220. A copy of the conveyance that expressly grants or reserves the right to extract coal by certain coal mining and reclamation operations; or
114.230. If the conveyance does not expressly grant the right to extract the coal by certain coal mining and reclamation operations, documentation that under applicable Utah law, the applicant has the legal authority to extract the coal by those operations.
114.300. Nothing given under R645-301-114.100 through R645-301-114.200 will be construed to provide the Division with the authority to adjudicate property rights disputes.
115. Status of Unsuitability Claims.
115.100. An application will contain available information as to whether the proposed permit area is within an area designated as unsuitable for coal mining and reclamation operations or is within an area under study for designation in an administrative proceeding under R645-103-300, R645-103-400, or 30 CFR Part 769.
115.200. An application in which the applicant claims the exemption described in R645-103-333 will contain information supporting the assertion that the applicant made substantial legal and financial commitments before January 4, 1977, concerning the proposed coal mining and reclamation operations.
115.300. An application [
in which the applicant] proposes to conduct coal mining and reclamation
operations within 300 feet of an occupied dwelling or within 100
feet of a public road [ will contain the necessary information and] meet the requirements of [ R645-103-230 through R645-103-238].
116. Permit Term.
116.100. Each permit application will state the anticipated or actual starting and termination date of each phase of the coal mining and reclamation operation and the anticipated number of acres of land to be affected during each phase of mining over the life of the mine.
116.200. If the applicant requires an initial permit term in excess of five years in order to obtain necessary financing for equipment and the opening of the operation, the application will:
116.210. Be complete and accurate covering the specified longer term; and
116.220. Show that the proposed longer term is reasonably needed to allow the applicant to obtain financing for equipment and for the opening of the operation with the need confirmed, in writing, by the applicant's proposed source of financing.
117. Insurance, Proof of Publication and Facilities or Structures Used in Common.
117.100. A permit application will contain either a certificate of liability insurance or evidence of self-insurance in compliance with R645-301-800.
117.200. A copy of the newspaper advertisements of the application for a permit, significant revision of a permit, or renewal of a permit, or proof of publication of the advertisements which is acceptable to the Division will be filed with the Division and will be made a part of the application not later than 4 weeks after the last date of publication as required by R645-300-121.100.
117.300. The plans of a facility or structure that is to be shared by two or more separately permitted coal mining and reclamation operations may be included in one permit application and referenced in the other applications. In accordance with R645-301-800, each permittee will bond the facility or structure unless the permittees sharing it agree to another arrangement for assuming their respective responsibilities. If such agreement is reached, then the application will include a copy of the agreement between or among the parties setting forth the respective bonding responsibilities of each party for the facility or structure. The agreement will demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Division that all responsibilities under the R645 Rules for the facility or structure will be met.
118. Filing Fee. Each permit application to conduct coal mining and reclamation operations pursuant to the State Program will be accompanied by a fee of $5.00.
120. Permit Application Format and Contents.
121. The permit application will:
121.100. Contain current information, as required by R645-200, R645-300, R645-301 and R645-302.
121.200. Be clear and concise; and
121.300. Be filed in the format required by the Division.
122. If used in the permit application, referenced materials will either be provided to the Division by the applicant or be readily available to the Division. If provided, relevant portions of referenced published materials will be presented briefly and concisely in the application by photocopying or abstracting and with explicit citations.
123. Applications for permits; permit changes; permit renewals; or transfers, sales or assignments of permit rights will contain the notarized signature of a responsible official of the applicant, that the information contained in the application is true and correct to the best of the official's information and belief.
130. Reporting of Technical Data.
131. All technical data submitted in the permit application will be accompanied by the names of persons or organizations that collected and analyzed the data, dates of the collection and analysis of the data, and descriptions of the methodology used to collect and analyze the data.
132. Technical analyses will be planned by or under the direction of a professional qualified in the subject to be analyzed.
140. Maps and Plans.
141. Maps submitted with permit applications will be presented in a consolidated format, to the extent possible, and will include all the types of information that are set forth on U.S. Geological Survey of the 1:24,000 scale series. Maps of the permit area will be at a scale of 1:6,000 or larger. Maps of the adjacent area will clearly show the lands and waters within those areas and be at a scale determined by the Division, but in no event smaller than 1:24,000.
142. All maps and plans submitted with the permit application will distinguish among each of the phases during which coal mining and reclamation operations were or will be conducted at any place within the life of operations. At a minimum, distinctions will be clearly shown among those portions of the life of operations in which coal mining and reclamation operations occurred:
142.100 Prior to August 3, 1977;
142.200 After August 3, 1977, and prior to either:
142.210. May 3, 1978; or
142.220 In the case of an applicant or operator which obtained a small operator's exemption in accordance with the Interim Program rules (MC Rules), January 1, 1979;
142.300 After May 3, 1978 (or January 1, 1979, for persons who received a small operator's exemption) and prior to the approval of the State Program; and
142.400 After the estimated date of issuance of a permit by the Division under the State Program.
150. Completeness. An application for a permit to conduct coal mining and reclamation operations will be complete and will include at a minimum information required under R645-301 and, if applicable, R645-302.
160. Permit change, renewal, transfer, sale and assignment.
Procedures to change, renew, transfer, assign, or sell existing coal mining and reclamation permit rights are presented at R645-303.
KEY: reclamation, coal mines
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
March 26, 2008
Notice of Continuation: March 7, 2007
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 40-10-1 et seq.
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