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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
9/25/2020

§ 45.1-270.2. Participation in Fund.

A. Participation in the Fund shall be open to all operators applying for a permit under Chapter 19 (§ 45.1-226 et seq.) of this title, who can demonstrate to the Director at least a consecutive three-year history of compliance under this act or any other comparable state or federal act.

B. Participation in the Fund shall be optional as to each permit application and approval of such participation by the Division, upon payment by the operator of all entrance fees to the Fund required by this article, shall constitute compliance with all requirements of § 45.1-241 and regulations issued pursuant thereto. Such participation shall relieve the operator of all bonding requirements except those set forth in this article. Nothing herein shall preclude compliance with § 45.1-241 in lieu of participation in the Fund, prior to commencement of the participation. Commencement of participation in the Fund, as to the applicable permit, shall constitute an irrevocable commitment to participate therein as to the applicable permit and for the duration of the coal surface mining operations covered thereunder.

C. For mining operations bonded under this article, the total cumulative amount of exposed highwall shall not exceed 1,500 linear feet. The width of the coal pit shall be limited to two mining cuts or 500 feet, whichever is less, measured perpendicular from the most advanced highwall to the coal outcrop or to the nearest point of rough backfilling and grading.

D. The Director may allow extended distances for rough backfilling and grading beyond those established in this section provided (i) the applicant can demonstrate to the Director at least a seven consecutive year history of compliance with this act or with any other comparable state or federal act, or (ii) the applicant submits a bond for the proposed additional area. The additional bond shall be equal to the ratio of the extended distance to the distance specified in subsection C above, times an approved cost estimate of reclamation prepared for the permit.

1982, c. 334; 1983, c. 131; 1989, c. 432.

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.