MINES AND MINING
MINED LAND RECLAMATION
47-1507. Plan — Approval or rejection by board — Hearing. (a) Upon determination by the board that a reclamation or permanent closure plan or any amended plan submitted by an operator meets the requirements of this chapter, the board shall deliver to the operator, in writing, a notice of approval of such plan, and thereafter said plan shall govern and determine the nature and extent of the obligations of the operator for compliance with this chapter, with respect to the mine panel or cyanidation facility for which the plan was submitted.
(b) If the board determines that a reclamation or permanent closure plan or amended plan fails to fulfill the requirements of this chapter, it shall deliver to the operator, in writing, a notice of rejection of the plan and shall set forth in said notice of rejection the reasons for such rejection, the factual findings upon which such rejection is based, the manner in which the plan fails to fulfill said requirements, and the requirements necessary to comply with this chapter. Upon receipt of said notice of rejection, said operator may submit amended plans. Upon further determination by the board that the amended plan still does not fulfill the requirements of said section, it shall deliver to the operator, in writing, a notice of rejection of the amended plan in the same form as set out in this section.
(c) Weather permitting, the board shall deliver to the operator within sixty (60) days after the receipt of any reclamation plan or amended reclamation plan, or within one hundred eighty (180) days after the receipt of any permanent closure plan or amended permanent closure plan, the notice of rejection or notice of approval of said plan, as the case may be, provided, however, that if the board fails to deliver a notice of approval or notice of rejection within said time period, the plan submitted shall be deemed to comply with this chapter, and the operator may commence and conduct his mining operations on the mine panel or operate the cyanidation facility covered by such plan as if a notice of approval of said plan had been received from the board; provided, however, that if weather conditions prevent the board from inspecting the mine panel or cyanidation facility to obtain information needed to approve or reject a submitted plan, it may, in writing to the operator, extend the time not to exceed thirty (30) days after weather conditions permit such inspection.
(d) For the purpose of determining whether a proposed plan or amended or supplemental plan complies with the requirements of this chapter, the board may, in its discretion, call for a public hearing. The hearing shall be held under such rules as promulgated by the board. Any interested person may appear at the hearing and give testimony. At the discretion of the board, the director may conduct the hearing and transmit a summary thereof to the board. Any hearing held shall not extend the period of time limit in which the board must act on a plan submitted.
[47-1507, added 1971, ch. 206, sec. 7, p. 898; am. 1997, ch. 269, sec. 2, p. 774; am. 2005, ch. 167, sec. 8, p. 517; am. 2019, ch. 226, sec. 7, p. 699.]