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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
7/5/2020

4VAC25-130-764.13. Petitions.

(a) Right to petition. Any person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected has the right to petition the Director to have an area designated as unsuitable for surface coal mining 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 meets an "injury in fact" test by describing the injury to his specific affected interests and demonstrate how he is among the injured.

(b) Designation. A complete petition for designation shall include:

(1) The petitioner's name, address, telephone number, and notarized signature;

(2) A statement of whether the petitioner is an individual, an association, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or other entity. If the petitioner is an entity other than an individual, the petition shall contain the names and addresses of the principals, officers, and the resident agent of the petitioner;

(3) Identification of the petitioned area, including its location and size, and a U.S. Geological Survey topographic map clearly outlining the perimeter of the petitioned area;

(4) An identification of the petitioner's interest which is or may be adversely affected by surface coal mining operations, including a statement demonstrating how the petitioner satisfies the requirements of Paragraph (a) of this section;

(5) The owners and lessees, if known, of the surface and mineral property of the area covered by the petition;

(6) A description of how mining of the area has affected or may adversely affect people, land, air, water, or other resources, including the petitioner's interests; and

(7) Allegations of fact and supporting evidence, covering all lands in the petition area, which tend to establish that the area is unsuitable for surface coal mining operations, pursuant to specific criteria of Subsections of Section 45.1-252 of the Act, assuming that contemporary mining practices required under the Act 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 areas.

(8) The Director or the division may request that the petitioner provide other supplementary information which is readily available.

(c) Termination. A complete petition for termination shall include--

(1) The petitioner's name, address, telephone number, and notarized signature;

(2) Statement of whether the petitioner is an individual, an association, sole proprietorship, corporation, or other entity. If the petitioner is an entity other than an individual, the petition shall contain the names and addresses of the principals, officers, directors, and resident agent of the petitioner;

(3) Identification of the petitioned area, including its location and size and a U.S. Geological Survey topographic map clearly outlining the perimeter of the petitioned area to which the termination petition applies;

(4) An identification of the petitioner's interest which is or may be adversely affected by the designation that the area is unsuitable for surface coal mining operations including a statement demonstrating how the petitioner satisfies the requirements of Paragraph (a) of this section;

(5) The owners and lessees, if known, of the surface and mineral property of the area covered by the petition;

(6) Allegations of fact 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 the 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 the Act 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:

(i) Nature or abundance of the protected resource or condition or other basis of the designation if the designation was based on criteria found in 4VAC25-130-762.11(b);

(ii) Reclamation now being technologically and economically feasible if the designation was based on the criteria found in 4VAC25-130-762.11(a); or

(iii) Resources or conditions not being affected by surface coal mining operations, or in the case of land use plans, not being incompatible with surface coal mining operations during and after mining, if the designation was based on criteria found in 4VAC25-130-762.11(b).

(7) The Director or the division may request that the petitioner provide other supplementary information which is readily available.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 764.13, 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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