SEC. 53-7-11. Rules and regulations; public hearing; notice; comments.
(1) * * * The commission may adopt, modify, repeal, after due notice and hearing, and where not otherwise prohibited by federal or state law, make exceptions to and grant exemptions and variances from and may enforce rules and regulations pertaining to surface mining and reclamation operations to implement the provisions of this chapter.
(2) * * * Adopting * * * rules and regulations, the commission shall comply with the Mississippi Administrative Procedures Law, and in addition, may hold a public hearing. Notice of the date, time, place and purpose of the hearing shall be given thirty (30) days before the scheduled date of the hearing as follows:
(a) By mail to:
(i) All operators known by the commission to be actively engaged in surface mining in the state;
(ii) * * * Persons who request notification of * * * proposed actions regarding rules and regulations and any other person the commission deems appropriate; and
(iii) * * * The Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mississippi Forestry Commission, * * * Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
(b) * * * By publication once weekly for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper having general circulation in the State of Mississippi.
(3) Any person may submit written comments or * * * appear and offer oral comments at the public hearing. The commission shall consider all comments and relevant data presented at the hearing before final adoption of rules and regulations under this chapter. The failure of any person to submit comments within a time period as established by the commission shall not preclude action by the commission.
SOURCES: Laws, 1977, ch. 476, Sec. 5(1); 1984, ch. 488, Sec. 320, eff from and after July 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 2000, Ch. 516, Sec. 96, HB666; Laws, 2002, ch. 492, § 6, HB 573, eff from and after July 1, 2002.
PREVIOUS VERSIONS: Pre-2002.
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