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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 25. Department of Energy
Chapter 130. Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations

4VAC25-130-702.15. Conditions of exemption and right of inspection and entry.

A person conducting activities covered by this Part shall:

(a) Maintain on-site or at other locations available to authorized representatives of the Division and the Secretary information necessary to verify the exemption including, but not limited to, commercial use and sales information, extraction tonnages, and a copy of the exemption application and exemption approved by the division;

(b) Notify the division upon the completion of the mining operation or permanent cessation of all coal extraction activities; and

(c) Conduct operations in accordance with the approved application or when authorized to extract coal under 4VAC25-130-702.11(b) or 4VAC25-130-702.11(e)(3) prior to submittal or approval of an exemption application in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

(d) Authorized representatives of the Division and the Secretary shall have the right to conduct inspections of operations claiming exemption under this Part.

(e) Each authorized representative of the Division and the Secretary conducting an inspection under this Part:

(1) Shall have a right of entry to, upon, and through any mining an reclamation operations without advance notice or a search warrant, upon presentation of appropriate credentials;

(2) May, at reasonable times and without delay, have access to and copy any records relevant to the exemption; and

(3) Shall have a right to gather physical and photographic evidence to document conditions, practices or violations at a site.

(f) No search warrant shall be required with respect to any activity under Paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section, except that a search warrant may be required for entry into a building.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 702.15, 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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