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Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
Chapter 19. Virginia Coal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1979
1/16/2021

§ 45.1-243. Surface effects of underground coal mining operations.

A. The Director shall promulgate regulations directed toward the surface effects of underground coal mining operations embodying the requirements of §§ 516 and 720 (a) (1) of the federal act. The provisions of this chapter relating to permits, bonds, inspections and enforcement, public review, and administrative and judicial review shall be applicable to surface operations and surface impacts incident to an underground coal mine with such modifications to the permit application requirements, permit approval or denial procedures, and bond requirements as are necessary to accommodate the distinct difference between surface and underground coal mining. Nothing in § 720 (a) (1) of the federal act shall be construed to prohibit or interrupt underground coal mining operations.

B. The Director's regulations shall require that permit applicants submit hydrologic reclamation plans that include measures that will be utilized to prevent the sudden release of accumulated water from underground workings.

C. In order to protect the stability of the land, the Director shall suspend underground coal mining under elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, urbanized areas, cities, towns and communities, and adjacent to industrial or commercial buildings, major impoundments, or permanent streams if he finds imminent danger to the inhabitants or occupants of the elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, urbanized areas, cities, towns and communities.

1979, c. 290; 1984, c. 590; 1993, c. 582; 1996, cc. 409, 410.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.