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R645. Natural Resources; Oil, Gas and Mining; Coal.

Rule R645-103. Areas Unsuitable for Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R645-103-100. General.

110. Scope. R645-103 establishes procedures for implementing the requirements of the Act for designating lands unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations, for terminating such designations, for identifying lands on which coal mining and reclamation operations are limited or prohibited under Section 40-10-24 of the Act and for implementing those limits and prohibitions.

120. Authority. The Board and Division are authorized, under Section 40-10-24, to establish a data base and inventory system and a petition process to designate any nonfederal and non-Indian land areas of Utah as unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations.

130. Responsibility.

131. The Board and Division will integrate as closely as possible decisions to designate lands as unsuitable for coal mining and reclamation operations with present and future land use planning and regulatory processes at the state and local levels;

132. The Division will use a process that allows any person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected by coal mining and reclamation operations on nonfederal and non-Indian lands to petition the Board to have an area designated as unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations, or to have a designation terminated;

133. The Division will prohibit or limit coal mining and reclamation operations on certain lands and in certain locations designated by Section 40-10-24 of the Act.

R645-103-200. Areas Designated by Act of Congress.

210. Scope. The rules in R645-103-200 establish the procedures to be used by the Division to determine whether a proposed coal mining and reclamation operation can be authorized in light of the mandatory prohibitions set forth in the Act and Federal Act.

220. Federal Lands. The authority to make determinations of unsuitability on federal lands is reserved to the Secretary pursuant to Section 523(a) of the Federal Act.

221. Valid Existing Rights (VER). VER determinations on federal lands will be performed in a manner consistent with the terms of a cooperative agreement between the Secretary and Utah pursuant to section 523(c) of the Federal Act.

222. VER determinations on nonfederal lands which affect adjacent federal lands will be performed in a manner consistent with the terms of the cooperative agreement referenced in R645-103-221.

223. On federal lands within the boundaries of a national forest the Division will be responsible for coordination with the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture, as appropriate, to ensure that mining is permissible under 30 CFR 761.11(b) and Section 522(e)(2) of the Federal Act.

224. Coal mining and reclamation operations may not be conducted on the following lands unless there are VER, as determined under R645-103-231.100, or qualify for the exception for existing operations under R645-103-225:

224.100. Any lands within the boundaries of the National Park System; the National Wildlife Refuge System; the National System of Trails; the National Wilderness Preservation System; the Wild and Scenic Rivers System, including study rivers designated under section 5(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, 16 U.S.C. 1276(a), or study rivers or study river corridors established in any guidelines issued under that Act; or National Recreation Areas designated by Act of Congress;

224.200. Any Federal lands within a national forest. This prohibition does not apply if the Secretary finds that there are no significant recreational, timber, economic, or other values that may be incompatible with surface coal mining operations, and:

224.210. Any surface operations and impacts will be incident to an underground coal mine; or

224.220. With respect to lands that do not have significant forest cover within national forests west of the 100th meridian, the Secretary of Agriculture has determined that surface mining is in compliance with the Federal Act, the Multiple-Use Sustained Yield Act of 1960, 16 U.S.C. 528-531; the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of 1975, 30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.; and the National Forest Management Act of 1976, 16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq;

224.300. Any lands where the operation would adversely affect any publicly owned park or any place in the National Register of Historic Places. This prohibition does not apply if, as provided in R645-103-236, the Division and the Federal, State, or local agency with jurisdiction over the park or place jointly approve the operation;

224.400. Within 100 feet, measured horizontally, of the outside right-of-way line of any public road. This prohibition does not apply:

224.410. Where a mine access or haul road joins a public road, or

224.420. When, as provided in R645-103-234, the Division (or the appropriate public road authority designated by the Division) allows the public road to be relocated or closed, or the area within the protected zone to be affected by the coal mining and reclamation operation, after:

224.421. Providing public notice and opportunity for a public hearing; and

224.422. Finding in writing that the interests of the affected public and landowners will be protected;

224.500. Within 300 feet, measured horizontally, of any occupied dwelling. This prohibition does not apply when:

224.510. The owner of the dwelling has provided a written waiver consenting to coal mining and reclamation operations within the protected zone, as provided in R645-103-235; or

224.520. The part of the operation to be located closer than 300 feet to the dwelling is an access or haul road that connects with an existing public road on the side of the public road opposite the dwelling;

224.600. Within 300 feet, measured horizontally, of any public building, school, church, community or institutional building, or public park; or

224.700. Within 100 feet, measured horizontally, of a cemetery. This prohibition does not apply if the cemetery is relocated in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

225. VER determinations for land are not required where an existing operation meets the requirements of 30 CFR 761.12.

230. Procedures.

231. Upon receipt of an administratively complete application for a permit to conduct coal mining and reclamation operations, or an administratively complete application for a revision of the boundaries of a permit to conduct coal mining and reclamation operations, the Division will review the application to determine whether the proposed coal mining and reclamation operation would be located on any lands protected under R645-103-224.

231.100. The Division will follow 30 CFR 761.16 for determining state/federal responsibility for determinations, establishing application requirements, evaluation procedures and decision-making criteria for VER determinations, providing for public participation and notification of affected parties, and establishing requirements for the availability of records.

232. The Division will reject any portion of the application that would locate coal mining and reclamation operations on land protected under R645-103-224 unless:

232.100. The site qualifies for the exception for existing operations under R645-103-225;

232.200. A person has VER for the land, as determined under R645-103-231-100;

232.300. The applicant obtains a waiver or exception from the prohibitions of R645-103-224 in accordance with R645-103-237, R645-103-234, and R645-103-235; or

232.400. For lands protected by R645-103-224.300, both the Division and the agency with jurisdiction over the park or place jointly approve the proposed operation in accordance with R645-103-236.

233. If the Division is unable to determine whether the proposed activities are located within the boundaries of any of the lands listed in R645-103-224.100 or within the specified distance from a structure or feature listed in R645-103-224.600 or R645-103-224.700, the Division must request that the federal, Utah, or local governmental agency with jurisdiction over the protected land, structure, or feature verify the location. The Division will transmit a copy of the relevant portions of the permit application to the appropriate federal, Utah, or local government agency for a determination or clarification of the relevant boundaries or distances, with a notice to the appropriate agency that it has 30 days from receipt of the request in which to respond. The Division, upon request by the appropriate agency, will grant an extension to the 30-day period of an additional 30 days. However, the Division's request for location verification must specify that the Division will not necessarily consider a response received after the 30-day period or the extended period granted. If no response is received within the 30-day period, or within the extended period granted, the Division may make the necessary determination based on the information it has available.

234. Procedures for relocating or closing a public road or waiving the prohibition on coal mining and reclamation operations within the buffer zone of a public road.

234.100. This section does not apply to:

234.110. Lands for which a person has VER, as determined under R645-103-231.100;

234.120. Lands within the scope of the exception for existing operations in R645-103-225; or

234.130 Access or haul roads that join a public road, as described in R645-103-224.410.

234.200 The applicant must obtain any necessary approvals from the authority with jurisdiction over the road if the applicant proposes to:

234.210. Relocate a public road;

234.220. Close a public road; or

234.230. Conduct coal mining and reclamation operations within 100 feet, measured horizontally, of the outside right-of-way line of a public road.

234.300. Before approving an action proposed under R645-103-234.200, the Division, or a public road authority that it designates, must determine that the interests of the public and affected landowners will be protected. Before making this determination, the Division must:

234.310. Provide a public comment period and opportunity to request a public hearing in the locality of the proposed operation;

234.320. If a public hearing is requested, publish appropriate advance notice at least two weeks before the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the affected locality; and

234.330. Based upon information received from the public, make a written finding as to whether the interests of the public and affected landowners will be protected. If a hearing was held, the Division must make this finding within 30 days after the hearing. If no hearing was held, the Division must make this finding within 30 days after the end of the public comment period.

235. Procedures for waiving the prohibition on coal mining and reclamation operations within the buffer zone of an occupied dwelling.

235.100. This section does not apply to:

235.110. Lands for which a person has VER, as determined under R645-103-231.100;

235.120. Lands within the scope of the exception for existing operations in R645-103-225; or

235.130. Access or haul roads that connect with an existing public road on the side of the public road opposite the dwelling, as provided in R645-103-224.520.

235.200. Where the proposed coal mining and reclamation operations would be conducted within 300 feet, measured horizontally, of any occupied dwelling, the permit applicant will submit with the application a written waiver by lease, deed, or other conveyance from the owner of the dwelling, clarifying that the owner and signatory had the legal right to deny mining and knowingly waived that right. The waiver will act as consent to coal mining and reclamation operations within a closer distance of the dwelling as specified.

235.300. Where the applicant for a permit has obtained a valid waiver prior to August 3, 1977, from the owner of an occupied dwelling to conduct operations within 300 feet of such dwelling, a new waiver will not be required.

235.400. Where the applicant for a permit had obtained a valid waiver from the owner of an occupied dwelling, that waiver will remain effective against subsequent purchasers who had actual or constructive knowledge of the existing waiver at the time of purchase.

235.500. A subsequent purchaser will be deemed to have constructive knowledge if the waiver has been properly filed in public property records pursuant to Utah laws, or if coal mining and reclamation operations have entered the 300-foot zone before the date of purchase.

236. Where the Division determines that the proposed coal mining and reclamation operation will adversely affect any publicly owned park or any place included in the National Register of Historic Places, the Division will transmit to the federal, Utah, or local agency with jurisdiction over the publicly owned park or National Register place, a copy of applicable parts of the permit application, together with a request for that agency's approval or disapproval of the activity, and a notice to that agency that it has 30 days from receipt of the request within which to respond and that failure to interpose a timely objection will constitute approval. The Division, upon request by the appropriate agency, may grant an extension to the 30-day period of an additional 30 days. Failure to interpose an objection within 30 days, or the extended period granted, will constitute an approval of the proposed permit. A permit for the coal mining and reclamation operation will not be issued unless jointly approved by all agencies. The procedures for joint approval will not apply to lands for which a person has VER as determined under R645-103-231.100 and lands within the scope of the exception for existing operations in R645-103-225.

237. If the applicant intends to rely upon the exception provided in R645-103-224.200 to conduct coal mining and reclamation operations on federal lands within a national forest, the applicant must request that the Division obtain the Secretarial findings required by R645-103-224.200. The applicant may submit a request to the Division before preparing and submitting an application for a permit or boundary revision on Federal lands in national forests. The applicant must explain how the proposed operation would not damage the values listed in the definition of "significant recreational, timber, economic, or other values incompatible with surface coal mining operations" in 30 CFR 761.5. The applicant must include a map and sufficient information about the nature of the proposed operation for the Secretary to make adequately documented findings. The Division may request that the permit applicant provide additional information that the Division determines is necessary in order to make the required findings. When a proposed coal mining and reclamation operation or proposed boundary revision for an existing coal mining and reclamation operation includes federal lands within a national forest, the Division may not issue the permit or approve the boundary revision before the Secretary makes the findings required by R645-103-224.200.

238. If the Division determines that the proposed coal mining and reclamation operation is not prohibited under Section 40-10-24 of the Act and R645-103-200, it may nevertheless, pursuant to appropriate petitions, designate such lands as unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations pursuant to R645-103-300 and R645-103-400.

239. A determination by the Division that a person holds or does not hold valid existing rights will be subject to administrative and judicial review under R645-300-200.

240. Interpretative Rule. As set forth in the interpretative rule found at 30 CFR 761.200, subsidence due to underground coal mining is not included in the definition of surface coal mining operations under Section 701(28) of the Federal Act and Subsection 40-10-3(20) of the Act and therefore is not prohibited in areas protected under Section 522(e) of the Federal Act.

R645-103-300. Utah Criteria for Designating Areas as Unsuitable for Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations.

310. Responsibility. The Division will use the criteria in R645-103-300 for the evaluation of each petition for the designation of nonfederal and non-Indian areas as unsuitable for coal mining and reclamation operations.

320. Criteria for Designating Land as Unsuitable.

321. Upon petition, an area will be designated as unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations if the Division determines that reclamation is not technologically and economically feasible under the State Program.

322. Upon petition, an area may be (but is not required to be) designated as unsuitable for certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations, if the operations will:

322.100. Be incompatible with existing state or local land use plans or programs;

322.200. Affect fragile or historic lands in which the activities could result in significant damage to important historic, cultural, scientific, or aesthetic values or natural systems;

322.300. Affect renewable resource lands in which the activities could result in a substantial loss or reduction of long-range productivity of water supply or of food or fiber products; or

322.400. Affect natural-hazard lands in which the operations could substantially endanger life and property, such lands to include areas subject to frequent flooding and areas of unstable geology.

330. Land Exempt from Designation as Unsuitable for Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations. The requirements of R645-103-300 do not apply to:

331. Lands on which coal mining and reclamation operations were being conducted on August 3, 1977;

332. Lands covered by a permit issued under the Act; or

333. Lands where substantial legal and financial commitments in coal mining and reclamation operations were in existence prior to January 4, 1977.

340. Exploration on Land Designated as Unsuitable for Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations. Designation of any area as unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations pursuant to Section 40-10-24 of the Act or Section 522 of the Federal Act and R645-103-300 does not prohibit coal exploration in the area, if conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of the State Program or under the terms of a State/Federal cooperative agreement pursuant to section 523(c) of the Federal Act. Coal exploration on any lands designated unsuitable for coal mining and reclamation operations must be approved by the Division under R645-200, to ensure that exploration does not interfere with any value for which the area has been designated unsuitable for coal mining and reclamation operations.

R645-103-400. Utah Processes for Designating Areas Unsuitable for Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations.

410. Scope and Authority.

411. R645-103-400 establishes the procedures and standards in the State Program for designating nonfederal and non-Indian lands in the state as unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations and for terminating such designations.

412. The Board has the authority to develop programs, procedures, and standards consistent with R645-103-400 to designate nonfederal and non-Indian lands unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations and for terminating such designations.

420. Petitions.

421. Right to petition. Any person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected has the right to petition the Board to have an area designated as unsuitable for coal mining and reclamation operations, or to have an existing designation terminated. For the purpose of this action, a person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected must demonstrate how he or she meets an "injury-in-fact" test by describing the injury to his or her specific affected interests and demonstrate how he or she is among the injured.

422. Designation. A petitioner will file a petition using forms provided by the Division. The only information the petitioners must provide are:

422.100. The petitioner's name, address, telephone number, and notarized signature;

422.200. The legal description (i.e., township, range, and section number) of the area covered by the petition;

422.300. A description of how coal mining and reclamation operations in the area has affected or may adversely affect people, land, air, water, or other resources, including the petitioner's interests;

422.400. An identification of the petitioner's interest which is or may be adversely affected by coal mining and reclamation operations including a statement demonstrating how the petitioner satisfies the requirements of R645-103-421; and

422.500. U.S. Geological Survey 7-1/2-minute topographic map(s) or, if unavailable, 15-minute map(s) marked to show the location and size of the area encompassed by the designated petition;

422.600. Available information regarding:

422.610. Legal owners of record of the property (surface and mineral) being petitioned;

422.620. Holders of record of any leasehold interest in the property; and

422.630. Purchasers of record to the property under a real estate contract;

422.700. Allegations of fact and supporting evidence, covering all lands in the petition area, which tend to establish that the area is unsuitable for all or certain types of surface coal mining operations, pursuant to specific criteria of R645-103-320, assuming that contemporary mining practices required under applicable regulatory programs would be followed if the area were to be mined. Each of the allegations of fact should be specific as to the mining operation, if known, and the portion(s) of the petitioned area and petitioner's interests to which the allegation applies and be supported by evidence that tends to establish the validity of the allegations for the mining operation or portion of the petitioned area.

422.800. A designation petition may contain, and the Division may request, in addition to required contents, the following:

422.810. Information and data sources with regard to:

422.811. The potential coal resources of the area;

422.812. The demand for coal resources; or

422.813. The impact of the designation on the environment, economy, and supply for coal;

422.820. Such other information as may appropriately affect a determination on the petition;

422.900. Petitions will be mailed or delivered to: State of Utah, Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, 1594 West North Temple, Suite 1210, P.O. Box 145801, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5801.

423. Termination of designations. A petitioner will file a petition for termination of a designation using forms provided by the Division. The only information the petitioner must provide are those items under R645-103-423.100 through R645-103-423.400, and R645-103-423.700 below. The petitioner may provide the information in the other sections if it is available, however, failure to provide the information will not jeopardize review of the petition for termination or constitute a reason for rejection of the petition.

423.100. The petitioner's name, address, telephone number, and notarized signature;

423.200. The legal description (i.e., township, range, and section number) and ownership of the area covered by the petition;

423.300. Identification of the petitioner's interest which is or may be adversely affected by the continuation of the designation;

423.400. U.S. Geological Survey 15-minute or 7-1/2-minute topographic map(s) marked to show the location and size of the geographic area covered by the petition (if available);

423.500. Available information about how reclamation is now technologically and economically feasible, if the designation was based on criteria found in R645-103-321; or

423.510. The nature or abundance of the protected resource or condition or other basis of the designation if the designation was based on criteria found in R645-103-322; or

423.520. The resources or conditions not being affected by coal mining and reclamation operations, or in the case of land use plans, not being incompatible with coal mining and reclamation operations during and after mining, if the designation was based on the criteria found in R645-103-322;

423.600. Available information regarding: legal owners of record of the property (surface and mineral) being petitioned; holders of record of any leasehold interest in the property; and purchasers of record of the property under a real estate contract;

423.700. Allegations of facts covering all lands for which the termination is proposed. Each of the allegations of fact shall be specific as to the mining operation, if any, and to portions of the petitioned area and petitioner's interests to which the allegation applies. The allegations shall be supported by evidence, not contained in the record of the designation proceeding, that tends to establish the validity of the allegations for the mining operation or portion of the petitioned area, assuming that contemporary mining practices required under applicable regulatory programs would be followed were the area to be mined. For areas previously and unsuccessfully proposed for termination, significant new allegations of facts and supporting evidence must be presented in the petition. Allegations and supporting evidence should also be specific to the basis for which the designation was made and tend to establish that the designation should be terminated on the following bases:

423.710. Reclamation now being technologically and economically feasible, if the designation was based on criteria found in R645-103-321; or

423.720. The nature or abundance of the protected resource or condition or other basis of the designation if the designation was based on criteria found in R645-103-322; or

423.730. The resources or conditions not being affected by coal mining and reclamation operations, or in the case of land use plans, not being incompatible with coal mining and reclamation operations, if the designation was based on the criteria found in R645-103-322;

423.800. Petitions for termination of designations will be mailed or delivered to: State of Utah, Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, 1594 West North Temple, Suite 1210, P.O. Box 145801, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5801.

430. Initial Processing, Record Keeping and Notification Requirements.

431. Initial Processing.

431.100. Unless a hearing or period of written comments is provided for under R645-103-432.200, the Division will, within 30 days of receipt of a petition, notify the petitioner by certified mail whether or not the petition is complete under R645-103-422 or R645-103-423. Complete, for a designation or termination petition, means that the information required under R645-103-422 and R645-103-423 has been provided.

431.200. The Division will determine whether any identified coal resources exist in the area covered by the petition, without requiring any showing from the petitioner. If the Division finds that there are not any identified coal resources in that area, it will return the petition to the petitioner with a statement of the findings.

431.300. If the Division determines that the petition is incomplete, frivolous, or that the petitioner does not meet the requirements of R645-103-421, it will return the petition to the petitioner with a written statement of the reasons for the determination and the categories of information needed to make the petition complete. A frivolous petition is one in which the allegations of harm lack serious merit.

431.400. When considering a petition for an area which was previously and unsuccessfully proposed for designation, the Division will determine if the new petition presents significant new allegations of fact with evidence which tends to establish the allegations. If the petition does not contain such material, the Division may choose not to consider the petition and may return the petition to the petitioner, with a statement of its findings and a reference to the record of the previous designation proceedings where the facts were considered.

431.500. The Division will notify the person who submits a petition of any application for a permit received which includes any area covered by the petition.

431.600. The Division may determine not to process any petition received insofar as it pertains to lands for which an administratively complete permit application has been filed and the first newspaper notice has been published. Based on such a determination, the Division may issue a decision on a complete and accurate permit application and will inform the petitioner why the Division cannot consider the part of the petition pertaining to the proposed permit area.

432. Notification.

432.100. Within 15 days of receipt of a petition, the Division will notify the general public of the receipt of the petition by a newspaper advertisement placed in the locale of the area covered by the petition and in the newspaper providing broadest circulation in the region of the petitioned area. The Division will make copies of the petition available to the public and will provide copies of the petition to other interested governmental agencies, intervenors, persons with an ownership interest of record in the property, and other persons known to the Division to have an interest in the property. Proper notice to persons with an ownership interest of record in the property will comply with the requirements of applicable state law.

432.200. The Division may provide for a hearing or a period of written comments on completeness of petitions. If a hearing or comment period on completeness is provided, the Division will inform interested governmental agencies, intervenors, persons with an ownership interest of record in the property, and other persons known to the Division to have an interest in the property of the opportunity to request to participate in such a hearing or provide written comments. Proper notice to persons with an ownership interest of record in the property will comply with the requirements of applicable Utah law. Notice of such a hearing will be made by a newspaper advertisement placed in the locale of the area covered by the petition and in the newspaper providing broadest circulation in the region of the petitioned area. The Division will, within 30 days of a hearing or close of period of written comments, notify the petitioner of such a hearing by certified mail. On the basis of Division review, as well as consideration of all comments, the Division will, within 30 days of the hearing or close of written comments, determine whether the petition is complete.

432.300. Within 15 days of the petition being determined complete, the Division will request submissions from the general public of relevant information by a newspaper advertisement placed once a week for two consecutive weeks in the locale of the area covered by the petition and in the newspaper providing broadest circulation in the region of the petitioned area.

432.400. Until three days before the Division holds a hearing under R645-103-440, any person may intervene in the proceeding by filing allegations of fact describing how the designation determination directly affects the intervenor, supporting evidence, a short statement identifying the petition to which the allegations pertain, and the intervenor's name, address, and telephone number.

433. Record keeping.

433.100. Beginning from the date a petition is filed, the Division will compile and maintain a record consisting of all relevant portions of the data base and all documents relating to the petition filed with or prepared by the Division.

433.200. The Division will make the record available to the public for inspection free of charge and for copying at reasonable cost during all normal hours at the main office of the Division.

433.300. The Division will also maintain information at or near the area in which the petitioned land is located and make this information available to the public for inspection free of charge and for copying at reasonable cost during all normal business hours. At a minimum, this information will include a copy of the petition.

440. Hearing Requirements.

441. Within ten months after receipt of a complete petition, the Board shall hold a public hearing unless petitioners and intervenors agree otherwise. If all petitioners and intervenors agree that a public hearing is not needed, the hearing need not be held. All hearings held under this paragraph will be held in the locality of the area covered by the petition. The Board may subpoena witnesses as necessary. The hearing may be conducted with cross-examination of expert witnesses only. A record of the hearing shall be made and preserved according to R641 Rules. No person shall bear the burden of proof or persuasion. All relevant parts of the data base and inventory system and all public comments received during the public comment period shall be included in the record and considered by the Board in its decision on the petition.

442. The Division will give notice of the date, time, and location of the hearing to:

442.100. Local, state, and federal agencies which may have an interest in the decision on the petition;

442.200. The petitioner and the intervenors; and

442.300. Any person with an ownership or other interest known to the Division in the areas covered by the petition.

443. Notice of the hearing will be sent by certified mail and postmarked not less than 30 days before the scheduled date of the hearing.

444. The Division will notify the general public of the date, time, and location of the hearing by placing a newspaper advertisement once a week for two consecutive weeks in the locale of the area covered by the petition and once during the week prior to the scheduled date of the public hearing. The consecutive weekly advertisement will begin between four to five weeks before the scheduled date of the public hearing.

445. The Board may consolidate in a single hearing the hearings required for each of several petitions which relate to areas in the same locale.

446. In the event that all petitioners and intervenors stipulate agreement prior to the hearing, the petition may be withdrawn from consideration.

450. Decision.

451. Prior to designating any land areas unsuitable for coal mining and reclamation operations, the Division will prepare a detailed statement, using existing and available information on the potential coal resources of the area, the demand for coal resources, and the impact of such designation on the environment, the economy, and the supply of coal.

452. The cost-benefit analysis, required by Section 40-10-24(1)(c) of the Act, is a part of the assessment of the impact of such designation on the economy required in the detailed statement. The analysis will not dictate the decision of the Board.

453. In reaching its decision, the Board will use:

453.100. The information contained in the data base and inventory system;

453.200. Information provided by other governmental agencies;

453.300. The detailed statement prepared under R645-103-451; and

453.400. Any other relevant information submitted during the comment period.

454. A final written decision will be issued by the Board, including a statement of reasons, within 60 days of completion of the public hearing, or, if no public hearing is held, then within 12 months after receipt of the complete petition. The Division will simultaneously send the decision by certified mail to the petitioner, every other party to the proceeding, and to the Office of Surface Mining.

455. The decision of the Board with respect to a petition, or the failure of the Division to act within the time limits set forth in R645-103-400, will be subject to judicial review by a court of competent jurisdiction in accordance with Section 40-10-30 of the Act.

460. Data Base and Inventory System Requirements.

461. The Division will develop a data base and inventory system which will permit evaluation of whether reclamation is feasible in areas covered by petitions.

462. The Division will include in the system information relevant to the criteria in R645-103-320 including, but not limited to, information received from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the State Historic Preservation Officer, and the Department of Environmental Quality - Division of Air Quality.

463. The Division will add to the data base and inventory system information:

463.100. On potential coal resources of Utah, demand for those resources, the environment, the economy, and the supply of coal sufficient to enable the Division to prepare the statements required by R645-103-451; and

463.200. That becomes available from petitions, publications, experiments, permit applications, coal mining and reclamation operations, and other sources.

470. Public Information. The Division will:

471. Make the information in the data base and inventory system developed under R645-103-460 available to the public for inspection free of charge and for copying at reasonable cost, except that specific information relating to location of properties proposed to be nominated to, or listed in, the National Register of Historic Places need not be disclosed if the Division determines that the disclosure of such information would create a risk of destruction or harm to such properties.

472. Provide information to the public on the petition procedures necessary to have an area designated as unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations, or to have designations terminated and describe how the inventory and data base system can be used.

480. Division Responsibility for Implementation.

481. The Division will not issue permits which are inconsistent with designations made pursuant to R645-103-200, R645-103-300, or R645-103-400.

482. The Division will maintain a map, or other unified and cumulative record, of areas designated unsuitable for all or certain types of coal mining and reclamation operations.

483. The Division will make available to any person any information, within its control, regarding designations including mineral or elemental content which is potentially toxic in the environment but excepting proprietary information on the chemical and physical properties of the coal.

KEY

reclamation, coal mines

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

July 28, 2010

Notice of Continuation

September 6, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

40-10-1 et seq.


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R645, please contact the promulgating agency (Natural Resources; Oil, Gas and Mining; Coal). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.