OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Library of COALEX Research Reports
COALEX Research Reports are the products of research and analysis conducted on specific issues relating to the regulation of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. The research is conducted in response to requests for information from State Regulatory Authorities, under a cooperative agreement between the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC).
COALEX refers to the Library of Surface Mining Materials maintained by OSM in LEXIS-NEXIS and is a major source for the research.
Each Report includes a list of resources which were sent as attachments to the individual who requested the research. To obtain a copy of the attachments or to obtain any additional information, contact Joyce Zweben Scall by phone at 202-686-9138 or by email at JZScall@aol.com.
COALEX STATE COMPARISON REPORT - 271
TOPIC: REVEGETATION PRODUCTIVITY MEASUREMENTS
INQUIRY/SEARCH RESULTS: This Report updates COALEX State Comparison Report - 187 with the addition of two Interior administrative decisions and additional Federal Register notices providing some description of measurement methodologies contained in recent state program amendment submittals and OSM's comments on those submittals.
COALEX STATE COMPARISON REPORT - 187, "Revegetation productivity measurements for Phase III bond release" (1991).
This Report sought information on OSM-approved statistically valid sampling techniques for measuring successful revegetation. It includes a short survey of IMCC members and copies of an OSM methodology report, the Raelson-McKee study and a Kentucky memorandum on sampling techniques then under review by OSM.
INTERIOR ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS
OSM v CALVERT AND MARSH COAL CO., INC. AND BATTLE CREEK MINING CO., INC., 95 IBLA 182, IBLA 85-462 & 85-561 (1987).
Headnotes: "Failure to revegetate surface mining sites in conformity to state and Federal regulations was not shown by use of random sampling ['point-frequency'] method, the origin and application of which were not explained, where miner's proof established there was a complete revegetation of surface mining sites in conformity to regulation in force."
NEWTEX MANAGEMENT CORP., 117 IBLA 380, IBLA 89-233 (1991).
Headnotes: "Where OSM determines the percentage of vegetative ground cover within an area covered by a surface mining permit being reclaimed for use as pasture to be less than 90 percent...and where the permittee fails to challenge this determination or the methodology used to make it, OSM's decision disapproving the permittee's application for a Phase II bond release will be affirmed."
Footnote 2: "We note that, in OSM v Calvert & Marsh Coal Co., supra, we did not look favorably on OSM's vegetation sampling technique. However, our concerns there arose largely because OSM was evidently sampling only one spot per sampling point. Here, OSM sampled 20 spots per sampling point."
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES RE: STATE PROGRAM AMENDMENTS
The Notices included here provide OSM approval and discussions of State program amendments relating to establishing revegetation success.
Research conducted by: Joyce Zweben Scall