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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

4VAC25-130-702.17. Revocation and enforcement.

(a) The division shall conduct an annual compliance review of the mining area, utilizing the annual report submitted pursuant to 4VAC25-130-702.18, an on-site inspection and any other information available to the division.

(b) If the division has reason to believe that a specific mining area was not exempt under the provision of this Part at the end of the previous reporting period, is not exempt, or will be unable to satisfy the exemption criteria at the end of the current reporting period, the division shall notify the operator that the exemption may be revoked and the reason(s) therefore. The exemption will be revoked unless the operator demonstrates to the division within 30 days that the mining area in question should continue to be exempt.

(c)(1) If the division finds that an operator has not demonstrated that activities conducted in the mining area qualify for the exemption, the division shall revoke the exemption and immediately notify the operator and intervenors. If a decision is made not to revoke an exemption, the division shall immediately notify the operator and intervenors.

(2) Any adversely affected person may request administrative review of a decision whether to revoke an exemption within 30 days of the notification of such decision in accordance with procedures established under § 45.2-1026 of the Code of Virginia.

(3) A petition for administrative review filed under § 45.2-1026 of the Code of Virginia shall not suspend the effect of a decision whether to revoke an exemption.

(d)(1) An operator mining in accordance with the terms of an approved exemption shall not be cited for violations of this chapter which occurred prior to the revocation of the exemption.

(2) An operator who does not conduct activities in accordance with the terms of an approved exemption and knows or should know such activities are not in accordance with the approved exemption shall be subject to direct enforcement action for violations of this chapter which occur during the period of such activities.

(3) Upon revocation of an exemption or denial of an exemption application, an operator shall stop conducting surface coal mining operations until a permit is obtained and shall comply with the reclamation standards of this chapter with regard to conditions, areas and activities existing at the time of revocation or denial.

Statutory Authority

§ 45.2-103 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 702.5, 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; Volume 38, Issue 13, eff. March 31, 2022.

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