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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

4VAC25-130-877.14. Entry for emergency reclamation.

(a) The Director may enter into agreements with the Secretary of the Interior for the emergency restoration, reclamation, abatement, control or prevention of the adverse effects of past coal mining practices. The Director, his authorized agents, or contractors shall have the right to enter upon any land where an emergency exists and on any other land to have access to the land where the emergency exists to restore, reclaim, abate, control, or prevent the adverse effects of past coal mining practices and to do all things necessary to protect the public health, safety, or general welfare.

(b) Prior to entry under this section, the Director shall make a written finding with supporting reasons that the situation qualifies as an emergency in accordance with the requirements set out in Section 410 of the Federal Act.

(c) Notice to the owner shall not be required prior to entry for emergency reclamation. The Director shall make reasonable efforts to notify the owner and obtain consent prior to entry, consistent with the emergency conditions that exist. Written notice shall be given to the owner as soon after entry as practical in accordance with the requirements of 4VAC25-130-877.13(c).

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 877.14, 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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