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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
7/6/2020

4VAC25-130-701.11. Applicability.

Part 701
Permanent Regulatory Program Applicability

(a) Any person who conducts surface coal mining operations on non-Indian or non-Federal lands within the Commonwealth of Virginia shall have a permit issued pursuant to requirements of Chapter 19 (§ 45.1-226 et seq.) of Title 45.1 of the Code of Virginia.

(b) Any person who conducts surface coal mining operations on Federal lands located within the Commonwealth of Virginia shall have a permit issued pursuant to Part 740.

(c) The requirements of Subchapter VK shall be effective and shall apply to each surface coal mining and reclamation operation for which the surface coal mining operation is required to obtain a permit under the Act, on the earliest date upon which the Act and this chapter require a permit to be obtained, except as provided in Paragraph (d) of this section.

(d)(1) Each structure used in connection with or to facilitate a coal exploration or surface coal mining and reclamation operation shall comply with the performance standards and the design requirements of Subchapter VK, except that--

(i) An existing structure which meets the performance standards of Subchapter VK but does not meet the design requirements of Subchapter VK may be exempted from meeting those design requirements by the division. The division may grant this exemption only as part of the permit application process after obtaining the information required by 4VAC25-130-780.12 or 4VAC25-130-784.12 and after making the findings required in 4VAC25-130-773.15.

(ii) If the performance standard of Subchapter B of 30 CFR Chapter VII is at least as stringent as the comparable performance standard of Subchapter VK, an existing structure which meets the performance standards of Subchapter B of 30 CFR Chapter VII may be exempted by the division from meeting the design requirements of Subchapter VK. The division may grant this exemption only as part of the permit application process after obtaining the information required by 4VAC25-130-780.12 or 4VAC25-30-784.12 and after making the findings required in 4VAC25-130-773.15.

(iii) An existing structure which meets a performance standard of Subchapter B of 30 CFR Chapter VII which is less stringent than the comparable performance standards of Subchapter VK or which does not meet a performance standard of Subchapter VK, for which there was no equivalent performance standards in Subchapter B of 30 CFR Chapter VII, shall be modified or reconstructed to meet the performance and design standards of Subchapter VK pursuant to a compliance plan approved by the division only as part of the permit application as required in 4VAC25-130-780.12 or 4VAC25-130-784.12 and according to the findings required by 4VAC25-130-773.15.

(iv) An existing structure which does not meet the performance standards of Subchapter B of 30 CFR Chapter VII and which the applicant proposes to use in connection with or to facilitate the coal exploration or surface coal mining and reclamation operation shall be modified or reconstructed to meet the performance and design standards of Subchapter VK prior to issuance of the permit.

(2) The exemptions provided in Paragraphs (d)(1)(i) and (d)(1)(ii) of this section shall not apply to -

(i) The requirements for existing and new coal mine waste disposal facilities; and

(ii) The requirements to restore the approximate original contour of the land.

(e)(1) Any person conducting coal exploration on non-Federal and non-Indian lands shall either file a notice of intention to explore or obtain approval of the division, as required by Part 772.

(2) Coal exploration performance standards in Part 815 shall apply to coal exploration on non-Federal and non-Indian lands which substantially disturbs the natural land surface.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 701.11, 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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