Section 880-X-10C-.52 - Backfilling And Grading: Timing (Alabama Administrative Code)

§ 880-X-10C-.52. Backfilling And Grading: Timing

(1) Contour mining. Rough backfilling and grading s shall follow coal removal by not more than 60 days or 1,500 linear feet. The State Regulatory Authority may grant additional time and/or distance for rough backfilling and grading if the permittee can demonstrate, through a written analysis under Rule 880-X-8F-.09(2)(c) that additional time is necessary.

(2) Open pit mining with thin overburden. Rough backfilling and grading shall occur in accordance with the time schedule approved by the State Regulatory Authority, on the basis of the materials submitted under Rule 880-X-8F-.09(2)(c) which shall specifically establish in stated increments the period between removal of coal and completion of backfilling and grading.

(3) Area mining. Rough backfilling and grading shall be completed within 180 days following coal removal and shall not be more than four spoil ridges behind the pit being worked, the spoil from the active pit being considered the first ridge. The State Regulatory Authority may grant additional time for rough backfilling and grading if the permittee can demonstrate, through a detailed written analysis under Rule 880-X-8F-.09(2)(c), that additional time is necessary.

Author: Randall C. Johnson

(May 20, 1982; Amended: November 14, 1989; effective: March 7, 1991.)

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 9-16-71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 80, 84, 90, 92, 97.

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