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This practice covers the minimum elements for the accurate location and description of geospatial data for defining the land reclamation and performance bond status of a permitted coal mine. Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, this practice was withdrawn in January 2013 and replaced by Practice D7780 for Geospatial Data for Representing Coal Mining Features.
1.1 This practice covers the minimum elements for the accurate location and description of geospatial data for defining the land reclamation and performance bond status of a permitted coal mine.
1.1.1 Hereafter, reference to bond status means performance bond status.
1.1.2 This practice addresses coal mining geospatial boundary data relative to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA), including interim and permanent program lands. This geospatial data shall be obtained from each state, tribal or federal (or combinations thereof) 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.
1.1.3 As used in this practice, the land reclamation status of the surface areas of a permitted coal mining operation represents the area where coal removal and reclamation and related supporting activities has occurred, is occurring, or is planned and authorized by the RA within a defined SCMO.
1.1.4 Not all RAs use the same SMCRA bond release phase definitions. For example, SMCRA uses three phases whereas some RAs use four phases.
1.1.5 Participation in the compilation of spatial data is not uniform across RAs, which may affect completeness, both in terms of spatial data and associated attributes. For some RAs, this standard may not be applicable because features described herein do not occur within their area of responsibility.
1.1.6 This standard is one of several 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 (See Practice D7384), however they may be consolidated to reduce repetition of information between them.
1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulator limitations prior to use.
1.3 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.
1.4 This practice offers a set of instructions for performing one or more specific operations. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a project’s many unique aspects. The word “Standard” in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids
D7384 Practice for Minimum Geospatial Data for a Surface Coal Mining Boundary
Other RegulationsOSM, Directive Reg-8 December 21, 2006
Code of Federal Regulations30 CFR Part 700, et seq.
ANSI StandardsANSI INCITS 320-1998 (R2003) Information technology--Spatial Data Transfer
Federal Geographic Data Committee StandardsFGDC Project 1574-D Information Technology--Geographic Information Framework Data Content Standard, Part 5 Governmental Unit and Other Geographic Aarea Boundaries
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ASTM D7627-10, Standard Practice for Minimum Geospatial Data for Land Reclamation and Performance Bond Status of a Permitted Coal Mine (Withdrawn 2013), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top