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 INQUIRY REPORT - 321
Randy Elkins, Esquire
10 McJunkin Road
Nitro, West Virginia 25143
TOPIC: TRANSFER, ASSIGNMENT OR SALE OF PERMIT RIGHTS (Updates Reports Nos. 231 and 169)
INQUIRY: Is there any material that describes the percentage of stock or shares be sold to qualify for a "transfer, assignment or sale" requiring compliance with change in ownership rules? What about a two-person partnership where one partner sells out?
SEARCH RESULTS: Several existing COALEX State Inquiry Reports were identified which address aspects of this inquiry. Using LEXIS, several relevant OSM Directives, proposed "transfer" rules and final ownership and control rules were identified to update the enclosed reports. A quote from a 1994 Directive on the definition of "transfer" appears below, the additional materials are attached.
Please note: Copies of the COALEX Reports are enclosed without attachments. If you need copies of the attachments, please contact the IMCC office.
OSM DIRECTIVE, Subject No. INE-42, Transmittal No. 665, "Verification of federal permittee ownership and control information after site disturbance" (Issued 3/26/91 and incorporates INE-42-1, dated 6/12/92, and INE-42-2, dated 8/5/94)
"a. Transfer, assignment, or sale of permit rights (permit transfer) is a change in ownership or other effective control over the right to conduct surface coal mining operations under a permit. This definition is based on the common understanding of the terms to include any effective shift in control over rights, in addition to technical changes in ownership. (See 30 CFR 701.5 and 44 FR 15106, March 13, 1979.) The term includes, for example, changes such as a new officer, director, as well as the addition of a new operator (not listed in the original permit) who actually performs surface coal mining operations, or owner of 10 percent or more of any class of voting stock, except in situations involving two or more levels of ownership of an entity, the percentages of ownership which any remote owner has in the entity. For example, a 45 percent owner of a 20 percent owner will be considered to own a 9 percent interest."
Research conducted by: Joyce Zweben Scall