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 - 323
Division of Environmental Protection
10 McJunkin Road
Nitro, WV 25143
TOPIC: DEFINITION OF: "ALL ANTICIPATED MINING IN CUMULATIVE IMPACT AREA" (Includes COALEX Report No. 152)
INQUIRY: Under the cumulative hydrologic impact assessment (CHIA) regulations, please locate material that discusses the meaning of "all anticipated mining".
SEARCH RESULTS: An existing COALEX Report consisting of decisions that rule on various aspects of probable hydrologic consequences and CHIAs was updated/expanded by research using the COALEX Library and other LEXIS materials. The materials retrieved include additional SMCRA-related cases and Federal Register preambles discussing the rationale for final federal regulations.
A copy of the items listed below are attached, as indicated.
COALEX STATE INQUIRY REPORT - 152, "Challenges to cumulative hydrologic impact assessments (CHIAs)" (1990).
Included as part of this Report are Interior administrative decisions, as well as state and federal cases. All of the decisions that are part of this Report are listed under ATTACHMENTS, below; however, only these three items are included here:
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, INC. (NRDC), ET AL. v OSM, ATLANTIC RICHFIELD CO. AND STATE OF COLORADO, 89 IBLA 1, IBLA 83-757 (IBSMA 81-83) (September 27, 1985, as amended by November 18, 1986 decision).
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, INC., ET AL. v OSM AND WEST ELK COAL CO, 94 IBLA 269, IBLA 83-757 [IBSMA 81-83] (November 18, 1986, amends September 27, 1985 decision).
Excerpts from NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION (NWF), ET AL. v HODEL, 839 F 2d 694 (DC Cir 1988).
The following items update/expand the materials included with Report - 152:
44 FR 14902 (MARCH 13, 1979). Permanent Program Final Preamble -- Final Rule.
Parts 779 Permit application-Minimum requirements for information on environmental resources and 780 Permit application-Minimum requirements for reclamation and operation plan are enclosed for background.
48 FR 14814 (April 5, 1983). Final rule. Definitions and terminology.
The rule amended definitions of "affected area" and "permit area". It is enclosed for background.
48 FR 43956 (SEPTEMBER 26, 1983). Final rules. Program hydrology permitting and performance standards.
The second part of the definition of "cumulative impact area" (Section 701.5), clarified "the meaning of the term 'anticipated mining' and identifies the minimum extent of mining, both existing and proposed, which must be included in the CHIA evaluation."
"In the final rule, OSM adopts a technically and environmentally sound definition for 'anticipated mining' that avoids requiring the regulatory authority to attempt to assess the hydrologic impacts of operations that are merely speculative rather than actually anticipated, while assuring that all operations receive thorough analysis prior to commencement of mining. The definition includes all operations which have a reasonable expectation of receiving regulatory authority approval to mine and for which there is sufficient mine development information available to allow adequate analysis."
48 FR 44344 (SEPTEMBER 28, 1983). Final rule. Information requirements of applications.
Some discussion of 'anticipated mining' appears under Sections 773.15(c) Written findings for permit approval and 773.19(d) Right of renewal.
IN RE PERMANENT SURFACE MINING REGULATION LITIGATION, 620 F Supp 1519 (D DC 1985).
See "I. Hydrology and Geology Permitting".
53 FR 36394 (SEPTEMBER 19, 1988). Final rule. Probable hydrologic consequences determination.
This preamble discusses amendments to the PHC determination required in an application for a surface coal mining permit. The amendments were prepared in response to a district court decision.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION v LUJAN, 31 ERC (BNA) 2034, 21 ELR 20135. U.S. Dist LEXIS 11541 (D DC 1990).
See "VIII. Probable Hydrologic Consequences".
Research conducted by: Joyce Zweben Scall