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TITLE 47
MINES AND MINING
CHAPTER 15
MINED LAND RECLAMATION
47-1518.  Effective date — Application of chapter. (a) The reclamation provisions of this chapter shall be in full force and effect on and after May 31, 1971. A surface mine operator shall not be required to perform the reclamation activities referred to in this chapter as to any surface mining operations performed prior to May 31, 1972, and, further, shall not be required to perform such reclamation activities as to any pit or overburden pile as it exists prior to May 31, 1972.
(b)  The cyanidation provisions of this chapter shall be in full force and effect on and after July 1, 2005. A cyanidation facility with an existing permit approved by the department of environmental quality under section 39-118A, Idaho Code, as of July 1, 2005, shall be deemed to be in full compliance with the requirements of this chapter. If there is a material modification or a material expansion of a cyanidation facility after July 1, 2005, the provisions of this chapter shall apply to the modification or expansion. Provided however, that reclamation or closure-related activities at a facility with an existing cyanidation permit that did not actively add cyanide after January 1, 2005, shall not be considered to be material modifications or a material expansion of the facility.
(c)  An underground mine operator shall not be subject to this chapter for affected land disturbed by underground mine operations prior to July 1, 2019. If there is a significant change to affected land at an underground mining operation after July 1, 2019, the provisions of this chapter shall apply to the significant change.
(d)  The financial assurance and post-closure provisions of this chapter amended in 2019 shall be in force and effect on or after July 1, 2019. Provided that the financial assurance and post-closure provisions of this chapter amended in 2019 shall not apply to:
(1)  Mining operations currently permitted or authorized to commence operations prior to July 1, 2019; or
(2)  Any mining operation that has permanently ceased operations prior to July 1, 2019.
(e)  For mining operations that have submitted maps and plans to state or federal agencies as required by section 47-1506, Idaho Code, but such operations have not been approved prior to July 1, 2019, such operations shall have one (1) year after operation approval to submit plans and financial assurance required by the financial assurance and post-closure provisions of this chapter as amended in 2019.
(f)  The board shall promulgate temporary rules by August 1, 2019, to implement the 2019 amendments to this chapter.

History:
[47-1518, added 1971, ch. 206, sec. 19, p. 898; am. 2005, ch. 167, sec. 14, p. 526; am. 2019, ch. 226, sec. 16, p. 710.]


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