SEC. 53-7-21. Surface mining permits; issuance; certificate of compliance.
(1) Unless exempted under Section 53-7-7, no operator shall engage in surface mining without having first obtained coverage under a general permit or having obtained from the Permit Board a permit for each operation. The * * * permit or coverage under a general permit shall authorize the operator to engage in surface mining upon the area of land described in the application for a period of either five (5) years or longer period of time as deemed appropriate by the Permit Board from the date of * * * issuance or until reclamation of the affected area is completed and the reclamation bond is finally released, whichever comes first.
(2) * * * Each operator holding a permit shall annually, before the anniversary date of the permit, file with the department a certificate of compliance in which the operator, under oath, shall declare that the operator is following the approved mining and reclamation plan and is abiding by * * * this chapter and the rules and regulations adopted under this chapter.
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SOURCES: Laws, 1977, ch. 476, Sec. 7(1, 2); Laws, 2002, ch. 492, § 9, HB 573, eff from and after July 1, 2002.
PREVIOUS VERSIONS: Pre-2002.
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