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TITLE 47
MINES AND MINING
CHAPTER 15
MINED LAND RECLAMATION
47-1508.  Amended plan — Supplemental plan — Submission. (a) In the event that a material change in circumstances arises that the operator, or the board, believes requires a change in an approved plan, including any amended plan, then the operator shall submit to the board a supplemental plan setting forth the proposed changes and the board shall likewise set forth its proposed changes and state the reasons therefor. Upon determination by the board that a supplemental plan or any amended supplemental plan submitted by the operator meets the requirements of this chapter, it shall deliver to the operator, in writing, a notice of approval of said supplemental plan, and thereafter said supplemental plan shall govern and determine the nature and extent of the obligations of the operator for compliance with respect to the mine panel or cyanidation facility for which the plan was submitted.
(b)  If the board determines that a supplemental plan fails to fulfill the requirements of this chapter, it shall deliver to the operator, in writing, a notice of rejection of the supplemental plan and shall set forth in said notice of rejection the manner in which said plan fails to fulfill said requirements and shall stipulate the corrective requirements necessary to comply with said sections. Upon receipt of said notice of rejection, the operator may submit amended supplemental plans. Upon further determination by the board that an amended supplemental plan does not fulfill the requirements of said sections, it shall deliver to the operator, in writing, a notice of rejection of amended supplemental plan and shall set forth in said notice of rejection the manner in which such amended supplemental plan fails to fulfill said requirements and shall stipulate the requirements necessary to comply with said sections.
(c)  The board shall, weather permitting, deliver to the operator within sixty (60) days after the receipt of any supplemental reclamation plan or amended supplemental reclamation plan, or within one hundred eighty (180) days after the receipt of any supplemental permanent closure plan or amended supplemental permanent closure plan, the notice of rejection, setting forth in detail the reasons for such rejection and the factual findings upon which such rejection is based 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 or continue, as the case may be, his mining operations or operate the cyanidation facility as if a notice of approval of said plan had been received from the board. 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)  If an operator determines that unforeseen events or unexpected conditions require immediate changes in or additions to an approved reclamation or permanent closure plan, the operator may continue operations in accordance with the procedures dictated by the changed conditions, pending submission and approval of a supplemental plan, even though such operations do not comply with the approved plan, provided, however, that nothing herein stated shall be construed to excuse the operator from complying with the reclamation requirements of sections 47-1509 and 47-1510, Idaho Code, or from the applicable closure requirements of a permit issued under section 39-118A, Idaho Code. Notice of such unforeseen events or unexpected conditions shall be given to the board within ten (10) days after discovery thereof, and a proposed supplemental plan shall be submitted within thirty (30) days after discovery thereof.
(e)  At least once every five (5) years, the board shall review reclamation plans and revise if necessary to meet the requirements of sections 47-1506, 47-1509, 47-1510, and 47-1511, Idaho Code, when there is a material change in the reclamation plan. As part of this review, the board shall revise the amount, terms, and conditions of any financial assurance when there is a material change in the reclamation plan or a material change in the estimated reasonable costs of reclamation determined pursuant to section 47-1512, Idaho Code. Any such revision shall apply only to the affected lands covered by the material change.
(f)  For a permanent closure plan approved by the board after July 1, 2005, the board shall periodically review, and revise if necessary to meet the requirements of this chapter, the amount, terms, and conditions of any financial assurance when there is a material change in the permanent closure plan or a material change in the estimated reasonable costs of permanent closure determined pursuant to section 47-1512, Idaho Code. The board may require a fee sufficient to employ a qualified independent party, acceptable to the operator and the board, to verify any revised estimate of the reasonable costs of permanent closure.
(g)  Amendments and revisions are subject to the fee requirements in section 47-1506(g), Idaho Code.
(h)  Any determination by the board under this section shall be considered a final order pursuant to section 47-1514, Idaho Code.

History:
[47-1508, added 1971, ch. 206, sec. 8, p. 898; am. 1997, ch. 269, sec. 3, p. 775; am. 2005, ch. 167, sec. 9, p. 518; am. 2019, ch. 226, sec. 8, p. 700.]


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