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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 25. Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Chapter 130. Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations
10/21/2020

4VAC25-130-700.11. Applicability.

(a) Except as provided in Paragraph (b) of this section, this chapter applies to all coal exploration and surface coal mining and reclamation operations, except--

(1) The extraction of coal by a landowner for his own non-commercial use from land owned or leased by him. Non-commercial use does not include the extraction of coal by one unit of an integrated company or other business or non-profit entity which uses the coal in its own manufacturing or power plants;

(2) The extraction of 250 tons of coal or less by a person conducting a surface coal mining and reclamation operation. A person who intends to remove more than 250 tons is not exempted;

(3) The extraction of coal as an incidental part of Federal, State or local government-financed highway or other construction in accordance with Part 707;

(4) The extraction of coal incidental to the extraction of other minerals where coal does not exceed 16-2/3 percent of the total tonnage of coal and other minerals removed for purposes of commercial use or sale in accordance with Part 702.

(b) The division may on its own initiative and shall, within a reasonable time of a request from any person who intends to conduct surface coal mining operations, make a written determination whether the operation is exempt under this section. The division shall give reasonable notice of the request to interested persons. Prior to the time a determination is made, any person may submit, and the division shall consider, any written information relevant to the determination. A person requesting that an operation be declared exempt shall have the burden of establishing the exemption. If a written determination of exemption is reversed through subsequent administrative or judicial action, any person who, in good faith, has made a complete and accurate request for an exemption and relied upon the determination, shall not be cited for violations which occurred prior to the date of the reversal.

(c)(1) The division may terminate its jurisdiction under the regulatory program over the reclaimed site of a completed surface coal mining and reclamation operation, or increment thereof, when:

(i) The division determines in writing that under the initial program, all requirements imposed under Chapter 17 (§ 45.1-198 et seq.) of Title 45.1 of the Code of Virginia have been successfully completed; or

(ii) The division determines in writing that under the permanent program, all requirements imposed under Chapter 19 (§ 45.1-226 et seq.) of Title 45.1 of the Code of Virginia have been successfully completed or, where a performance bond was required, the division has made a final decision in accordance with Part 800 or 801 of this chapter to release the performance bond fully.

(2) Following a termination under Paragraph (d)(1) of this section, the division shall reassert jurisdiction under this chapter over a site if it is demonstrated that the bond release or written determination referred to in Paragraph (d)(1) of this section was based upon fraud, collusion, or misrepresentation of a material fact.

Statutory Authority

§§ 45.1-161.3 and 45.1-230 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 700.11, eff. December 15, 1981; amended, eff. June 28, 1982; October 28, 1982; December 14, 1982; October 11, 1983; December 27, 1983; May 8, 1984; June 22, 1984; August 2, 1984; October 16, 1985; January 7, 1987; July 22, 1987; November 25, 1987; October 12, 1988; December 26, 1990; July 1, 1991; July 17, 1991; November 20, 1991; July 7, 1992; May 5, 1993; October 19, 1994.

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