§ 880-X-8J-.06. Steep Slope Mining
(1) This Rule applies to any person who conducts or intends to conduct steep slope surface coal mining and reclamation operations, except --
(a) Where an operator proposes to conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations on flat or gently rolling terrain, leaving a plain or predominantly flat area, but on which an occasional steep slope is encountered as the mining operation proceeds;
(b) Where a person obtains a permit under the provisions of Rule 880-X-8J-.05; or
(c) To the extent that a person obtains a permit incorporating a variance under Rule 880-X-8J-.07.
(2) Any application for a permit for surface coal mining and reclamation operations covered by this Rule shall contain sufficient information to establish that the operations will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of Rule 880-X-10I-.04.
(3) No permit shall be issued for any operations covered by this Rule, unless the State Regulatory Authority finds, in writing, that in addition to meeting all other requirements of this Chapter, the operation will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of Rule 880-X-10I-.04.
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 9-16-71, 73, 74, 75, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 90, 91, 92.
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