1.1 This practice covers the minimum elements for the accurate location and description of geospatial data for defining a coal mining environmental resource monitoring location (ERML). 1.1.1 This practice addresses coal mining geospatial environmental resource monitoring data relative to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA). This geospatial data shall be obtained from each state, tribal, and/or federal coal mining regulatory authority (RA) authorized under SMCRA to regulate surface coal mining operations (SCMO). Each RA shall be the authoritative data source (ADS) for coal mining geospatial data.
1.1.2 As used in this practice, coal mining ERMLs represents points where surface, ground water, and geologic drill hole chemistry are used to determine any probable hydrologic consequences where coal removal, reclamation and related supporting activities has occurred, is occurring, or is planned and authorized by the RA within a defined SCMO. These locations may also include dam safety, impoundments, diversions, air quality, air blasts (blasting), construction (refuse piles), and subsidence. 1.1.3 This standard is one of several that have been approved or are in development related to SMCRA approved coal mining operations. Also under development is a terminology standard. Initial development of these standards is being done on an individual basis; however, they may be consolidated to reduce repetition of information between them. 1.2 This practice applies to pre-SMCRA and post-SMCRA ERMLs.
Keywordscoal mine operation; coal mining permit; ground water monitoring; surface water monitoring; acid-base accounting geologic data; soil samples, NPDES, SMCRA, monitoring wells, seeps
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