§ 880-X-8F-.08. Operation Plan: Permit Map(s)
(1) The application shall include a permit map(s) showing --
(a) All boundaries of lands and names of present owners of record of those lands, both surface and subsurface (coal), within or abutting the permit area;
(b) The boundaries of land within the proposed permit area upon which the applicant has the legal right to enter and begin surface mining activities;
(c) The boundaries of all areas proposed to be affected, with subareas of the permit area for which it is anticipated that individual bonds will be obtained;
(d) The location of all buildings within 1,000 feet of the proposed permit area, with identification of the current use of the buildings;
(e) The location of surface and subsurface man-made features within, passing through, or passing over the proposed permit area and adjacent areas, including, but not limited to, major electric transmission lines, pipelines, agricultural drainage tile fields, and the location by name, where known, of all active roads and railroads, right-of-ways, lakes, ponds, springs, and streams;
(f) Each public road located in or within 100 feet of the proposed permit area;
(g) The boundaries of any public park and locations of any cultural or historical resources listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and known significant archaeological sites within the permit area or adjacent areas;
(h) Each public or private cemetery, Indian burial ground, or other area where human bodies are interred, that is located in or within 100 feet of the proposed permit area;
(i) Any land within the proposed permit area and adjacent area which is within the boundaries of any units of the State or National Park System, the National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Wilderness Preservation System, National Recreation areas designated by Act of Congress, the National System of Trails or the Wild and Scenic Rivers System, including study rivers designated under Section 5(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; and
(j) Location of any areas in or adjacent to the proposed permit area which are designated as unsuitable for surface mining activities or have a valid petition pending for such designation;
(k) Location and extent of any threatened or endangered species and associated critical habitat located in or adjacent to the proposed permit area;
(l) Location and extent of existing or previously surface mined areas within the proposed permit area;
(m) Location and extent of known workings of active, inactive, or abandoned underground mines, including mine openings to the surface within the proposed permit area and adjacent areas;
(n) Location and extent of constructed or natural drains, irrigation ditches and any discharges to any surface body of water within the proposed permit area and adjacent areas; and
(o) Location and dimension or extent of areas of existing and proposed spoil, waste and non-coal waste disposal, dams, embankments, settling ponds, and other impoundments, and water treatment and air pollution control facilities, haul roads, and stockpile areas within the proposed permit area;
(p) Sufficient slope measurement to adequately represent the existing land surface configuration of the proposed permit area, measured and recorded according to the following:
1. Each measurement shall consist of an angle of inclination along the prevailing slope extending 100 linear feet above and below or beyond the coal outcrop of the area to be disturbed or, where this is impractical, at locations specified by the Regulatory Authority.
2. Where the area has been previously mined, the measurements shall extend at least 100 feet beyond the limits of mining disturbances, or any other distance determined by the Regulatory Authority to be representative of the premining configuration of the land.
3. Slope measurements shall take into account natural variations in slope, to provide accurate representation of the range of natural slopes and reflect geomorphic differences of the area to be disturbed.
(2) The permit map required by these regulations shall meet the following standard requirements --
(a) Maximum overall sheet size shall be 30" by 42". If more than one is required, match lines shall be clearly defined.
(b) Map scale shall be no more than 1" = 500' and must show clearly the affected topography of the area to be mined. Other scales may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the State Regulatory Authority.
(c) A title block which shall include --
1. Name of proposed permittee;
2. Location of mine by section, township, range, county, and U.S.G.S. topographic map(s) name;
4. Date map prepared; and
5. Name of individual or firm responsible for map presentation.
(d) Certificate: The map shall be certified by the appropriate individual as specified in Rule 880-X-8F-.04 and contain a statement that the map is true and accurate to the best of his knowledge and belief on the date of certification.
The certificate should be dated within 30 days of the date of submittal. Each map shall be individually dated and signed on the print, and shall have affixed the seal or stamp of that individual.
(e) Vicinity map: A vicinity map shall accompany the permit map; shall have a minimum scale of 1" = 2 miles; shall show a minimum of one township with numbered sections, and shall include --
1. A north arrow; and
2. A shaded area representing total area permitted.
(f) Legend. The legend shall clearly and readily identify all symbols and representations on the map including each bond increment, its acreage (itemized as actual mining area and incidental facilities) to the nearest whole acre. For reproduction purposes appropriate symbols, shading, or cross-hatching may be used to identify those elements required by these regulations.
Note: For maps that have more than one sheet, the title block, certificate, vicinity map, and legend may be put on one sheet only.
(g) North arrow;
(h) Contour intervals must be adequate to indicate drainage pattern, and of no less frequency than that of the applicable U.S.G.S. topographical map. Elevation must be based on mean sea level.
(i) Section lines and sixteenth section lines must be shown.
(j) The boundaries of the county(s) and any municipalities and their police jurisdictions from which coal will be mined or severed shall be shown.
(3) Revised permit map(s) shall be submitted to the State Regulatory Authority when changes are made in timing, sequence, or size of the areas to be bonded, and when requesting bond releases if the area to be released differs from that specified on the original operation plan and permit map.
Author: Randall C. Johnson(May 20, 1982. Amended: November 14, 1989; effective: March 7, 1991. Amended: Filed: September 21, 1993; effective November 20, 1993. Amended: Filed July 27, 1998; effective August 31, 1998; operative January 3, 1999.)
On December 4, 1998, the Office of Surface Mining approved this rulemaking adopted by the commission on July 16, 1998. The effective date of this rule will be January 3, 1999.
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 9-16-71, 73, 74, 75, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 90, 92, 96.
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