1.1 This practice describes minimum data required to locate and identify a postmining land use for a surface coal mining and reclamation operation. Statutory language and definitions are found in Federal regulations 30 CFR 816/817.133 and 30 CFR 701.5. 1.1.1 These postmining land use designations reflect coal mining reclamation practices relative to the standards set forth in the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).2 Geospatial data associated with postmining land use shall be obtained from each regulatory authority (RA), which are authorized under SMCRA to regulate surface coal mining operations (SCMO) and reclamation activities within their borders. Each RA shall be the authoritative data source (ADS) for coal mining geospatial data.
1.5.2 The proposed postmining land use for a mountaintop removal operation with an AOC variance is limited to industrial, commercial, agricultural, residential or public facility use. 1.5.3 The proposed use constitutes an equal or better economic or public use compared with the pre-mining use. 1.3.4 The proposed use will be compatible with adjacent land uses and existing State and local land use plans. 1.5.5 County commissions and other State and Federal agencies were provided an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed postmining land use.
KeywordsSMCRA; surface mining; coal mining; postmining land uses; premining land uses; reclamation; light industry; heavy industry; commercial; public services; residential; cropland; hayland or pasture; fish and wildlife habitat and recreation lands; forestry; grazing land; and undeveloped land.
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