§ 880-X-8E-.09. Land-use Information
(1) The application shall contain a statement of the condition, capability, and productivity of the land within the proposed permit area, including --
(a) A narrative of the uses of the land existing at the time of the filing of the application. If the premining use of the land was changed within five years before the anticipated date of beginning the proposed operations, the historic use of the land shall also be described.
(b) A narrative of land capability and productivity, which analyzes the land-use description under Paragraph (1) of this Rule in conjunction with other environmental resources information required under this Rule. The narrative shall provide analyses of:
1. The capability of the land before any mining to support a variety of uses, giving consideration to soil and foundation characteristics, topography, vegetative cover and the hydrology of the proposed permit area; and
2. The productivity of the proposed permit area before mining, expressed as average yield of food, fiber forage, or wood products from such lands obtained under high levels of management. The productivity shall be determined by yield data or estimates for similar sites based on current data from the U. S. Department of Agriculture, State agricultural universities or appropriate State natural resource or agricultural agencies.
(2) The application shall state whether the proposed permit area has been previously mined, and if so, the uses of the land preceding mining.
(3) The application shall contain a description of the existing land uses and land-use classification under local law, if any, of the proposed permit area and adjacent areas.
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 9-16-71, 73, 74, 75, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 90, 96.
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