SEC. 53-9-29. Surface coal mining and reclamation permit; reclamation plan included in application; contents; confidentiality.
(1) Each applicant shall submit as a part of the permit application required by section 53-9-25 a reclamation plan for the land to be affected by the surface coal mining operation over the estimated life of the operation. The reclamation plan shall include such information about the condition and variety of uses of the land at the time of the application; the proposed uses of the land after reclamation; the details of how reclamation is to be achieved, including a schedule of and timetable for significant reclamation activities; an estimate of reclamation costs; the steps to be taken to comply with applicable air and water quality standards and applicable health and safety standards; and such other information as the commission may by regulation require to demonstrate that the reclamation required by this chapter can be accomplished.
(a) Information obtained from the results of test borings which the applicant has made at the area to be covered by the permit, or other equivalent information and data which pertains only to the analysis of the chemical and physical properties of the coal, with the exception of information regarding such mineral or elemental contents which are potentially toxic in the environment, shall be kept confidential and not made a matter of public record; and
(b) Any other information required by the regulations promulgated pursuant to this section which is not on public file pursuant to state law shall be held in confidence by the administrator.
SOURCES: Laws, 1979, ch. 477, Sec. 13, eff from and after July 1, 1979.
SECTION 14. Section 53-9-29, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
53-9-29. * * * The reclamation plan shall include in the degree of detail as the commission may require by regulation:
(1) An identification of lands subject to surface coal mining operations over the estimated life of those operations;
(2) * * * Information about the condition and variety of uses of the land at the time of the application * * * and the proposed uses of the land after reclamation;
(3) * * * A description of how reclamation is to be achieved, including a schedule of and timetable for significant reclamation activities;
(4) An estimate of reclamation costs;
(5) The steps to be taken to comply with applicable air and water quality standards, * * * health and safety standards and performance standards applicable to reclamation adopted under this chapter; and
(6) Any other information consistent with the federal act as the permit board or commission may * * * require to demonstrate that the reclamation required by this chapter can be accomplished.
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SOURCE: 1997 Laws, Chapter 306, Sec. 14, SB2725, Effective Ap-March 10, 1997.