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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

4VAC25-130-801.13. Self-Bonding.

(a) The division may accept a self-bond from the applicant of a proposed underground mining operation.

(1) The applicant shall designate the:

(i) Name and address of a suitable agent to receive service of process in the Commonwealth.

(ii) Name and address of the certified public accountant(s) who prepared the statement required by this section.

(iii) Location of the financial records used to prepare the C.P.A. statement required by this section.

(2) The applicant has a net worth, certified by an independent Certified Public Accountant in the form of an unqualified opinion appended to the financial statement submitted, of no less than $1 million after total liabilities are subtracted from total assets. If the applicant is a subsidiary corporation, the applicant's parent organization's net worth need only be certified by the independent Certified Public Accountant, if the applicant uses or includes any assets or liabilities of the parent organization in computing or arriving at the applicant's net worth. Where the division has a valid reason to believe that the permittee's net worth is less than required by this Subsection, it may require a new Certified Public Accountant's statement and certification.

(3)(i) A cognovit note must be executed by the applicant, and said agreement must also be executed by:

(A) If a corporation, two corporate officers who are authorized to sign the note by a resolution of the board of directors, a copy of which shall be provided;

(B) To the extent that the history or assets of a parent organization are relied upon to make the showings of this Part, the parent organization of which it is a subsidiary, whether first-tier, second-tier, or further removed, in the form of (A) above;

(C) If the applicant is a partnership, all of its general partners and their parent organization or principal investors; and

(D) If the applicant is a married individual, the applicant's spouse;

(ii) Any person who occupies more than one of the specified positions shall indicate each capacity in which he signs the note;

(iii) The cognovit note shall be a binding obligation, jointly and severally, on all who execute it;

(iv) For the purposes of this Paragraph, principal investor or parent organization means anyone with a 10 percent or more beneficial ownership interest, directly or indirectly, in the applicant.

(b) The division may accept a self-bond from the applicant of a proposed surface mining operation or associated facility. The applicant shall provide the:

(1) Name and address of a suitable agent to receive service of process in the Commonwealth.

(2) Evidence indicating a history of satisfactory continuous operation.

(3) Evidence substantiating the applicant's financial solvency, with the appropriate financial documentation required by Paragraph (a)(2) of this section.

(4) Indemnity agreement:

(i) Containing the date of execution;

(ii) Made payable to the "Treasurer of Virginia";

(iii) Immediately due and payable in the event of bond forfeiture of the permit;

(iv) Payable in a sum certain of money;

(v) Signed by the maker(s);

(vi) The indemnity agreement must be executed by the applicant and by:

(A) If a corporation, two corporate officers who are authorized to sign the agreement by a resolution of the Board of Directors, a copy of which shall be provided;

(B) To the extent that the history or assets of a parent organization are relied upon to make the showings of this Part, the parent organization of which it is a subsidiary, whether first-tier, second-tier, or further removed, in the form of (A) above;

(C) If the applicant is a partnership, all of its general partners and their parent organization or principal investors; and

(D) If the applicant is a married individual, the applicant's spouse;

(vii) Any person who occupies more than one of the specified positions shall indicate each capacity in which he signs the indemnity agreement;

(viii) The indemnity agreement shall be a binding obligation, jointly and severally, on all who execute it;

(ix) For purposes of this Paragraph, principal investor or parent organization means anyone with a 10 percent or more beneficial ownership interest, directly or indirectly, in the applicant.

(c) Whenever a participant in the Pool Bond Fund applies for an additional permit or permits, the C.P.A. certification required by Paragraph (a)(2) or (b)(3) of this section shall be updated reflecting those prior reclamation obligations and self- bonding liabilities still in effect.

(d) If at any time the conditions upon which the self-bond was approved no longer prevail, the division shall require the posting of a surety or collateral bond before coal surface mining operations may continue. The permittee shall immediately notify the division of any change in his total liabilities or total assets which would jeopardize the support of the self-bond. If the permittee fails to have sufficient resources to support the self-bond, he shall be deemed to be without bond coverage in violation of 4VAC25-130-800.11(b).

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 801.13, 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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