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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 25. Department of Energy
Chapter 145. Regulations on the Eligibility of Certain Mining Operators to Perform Reclamation Projects

4VAC25-145-20. Operator requirements.

A. Operators must demonstrate relevant mining experience in order to bid on or be awarded contracts for any reclamation project in the Commonwealth. An operator may demonstrate satisfactory mining and reclamation work to the division by showing (i) that the operator has obtained partial or complete bond release on a coal surface mining permit obtained pursuant to Chapter 10 (§ 45.2-1000 et seq.) of Title 45.2 of the Code of Virginia under his control, or that all reclamation work on any active permit operated or controlled by the operator is up to date; and (ii) that no coal surface mining permit under his control has any outstanding violations of any federal, state or local agency's laws, rules, regulations or ordinances unless the operator submits proof to the division that such violations have been corrected or are being corrected to the satisfaction of the agencies citing of such violations.

B. No operator shall be allowed to bid on or be awarded contracts for any reclamation project in the Commonwealth if:

1. The director, after opportunity for a hearing, finds that the operator controls or has controlled mining operations with a demonstrated pattern of willful violations of the Federal Act or State Reclamation Program of such nature and duration with such resulting environmental damage as to indicate an intent not to comply with the Federal Act, P.L. 95-87 or State Reclamation Program.

2. The operator has had a coal surface mining permit revoked or suspended and has not been re-instated by the director; has had his bond forfeited; or has received an order to show cause why his permit should not be revoked or suspended.

Statutory Authority

§ 45.2-103 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR 480-03-20 § 1, eff. March 16, 1984; amended, Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 20, eff. July 19, 2012; Volume 38, Issue 13, eff. March 31, 2022.

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