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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

4VAC25-130-800.11. Requirement to File a Bond.

Part 800
Requirements for Bonding of Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations

(a) After a permit application under Subchapter VG has been approved, but before the permit is issued, the applicant shall file with the division, on a form prescribed and furnished by the division, a bond or bonds for performance made payable to the division and conditioned upon the faithful performance of all the requirements of the Act, the permit, and the reclamation plan, in accordance with Parts 800 or 801.

(b)(1) The bond or bonds shall cover the entire permit area, or for operations bonded under Part 801, an identified increment of land within the permit area upon which the permittee will initiate and conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations during the initial term of the permit.

(2) For operations bonded under Part 801-

(A) As surface coal mining and reclamation operations on succeeding increments are initiated and conducted within the permit area, the permittee shall file with the division an additional bond or bonds to cover such increments in accordance with this section.

(B) The permittee shall identify the initial and successive areas or increments for bonding on the permit application map submitted for approval as provided in the application (under Parts 780 and 784), and shall specify the bond amount to be provided for each area or increment.

(C) Independent increments shall be of sufficient size and configuration to provide for efficient reclamation operations should reclamation by the division become necessary pursuant to 4VAC25-130-800.50.

(c) A permittee shall not disturb any surface areas, succeeding increments, or extend any underground shafts, tunnels or operations prior to acceptance by the division of the required performance bond.

(d) The applicant shall file, for approval by the division, a bond or bonds under one of the following schemes for the permit area as determined in accordance with 4VAC25-130-800.14 or Part 801:

(1) The entire performance bond required by 4VAC25-130-801.13;

(2) A performance bond or bonds for the entire permit area;

(3) A cumulative bond schedule and the performance bond required for full reclamation of the initial area to be disturbed; or

(4) For operations bonded under Part 801, an incremental bond schedule and the performance bond required for the first increment in the schedule.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 800.11, 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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