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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).
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COALEX STATE INQUIRY REPORT - 76
December 5, 1986
Allan J. Hartlein
Chairman, Rules & Regulations Committee
Oklahoma Department of Mines
4040 N. Lincoln, Suite 107
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
TOPIC: EXPLORATION PERMIT TERMS
INQUIRY: What states, if any, limit the terms of "test burn" permits that allow the removal of more than 250 tons of coal?
SEARCH RESULTS: A COALEX search was conducted to determine which states limit the term of an exploration permit. Three states were identified as having some type of time limit on the term of an exploration permit.
Alabama's regulations allow the regulatory authority to set the term of an exploration permit. If the exploration will involve the removal of more than 250 tons of coal, the permit will be valid "for a period determined by the Regulatory Authority". (Alabama Surface Mining Commission Rules and Regulations 880-X-8C-.06(3) (1981))
The Alaska regulations allow exploration permits to be issued for a term of two years. These permits may be renewed. (11 Alaska Admin. Code 90.165(e) (1983)) Louisiana's regulations set an exploration permit term of one year. (Louisiana Surface Mining Regulations 176.2(b) (1983))
Mr. Gary Merritt, Director of the Office of Environmental Policy, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, reported that in Pennsylvania, the term of the permit is set by the operator. Thus, is an operator says in his permit application that he will be exploring for six months, that will be the term of the permit.
Research conducted by: S. Michele Manning