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Application Procedures

Mined Land Reclamation Permit

Application Checklist For Mined Land Reclamation

Required items include:

  1. The Mining Permit Application (PDF) (160 KB) and instructions area available on the Department's website page.

  2. The Mined Land Organizational Report (PDF) (73 KB) is available on the Department's website page.

  3. The Mined Land Use Plan following the guidance on the Department's website page.

  4. Location Map. A US Geological Survey (USGS) Quadrangle Map, or equivalent, identifying the project location.

  5. The Mined Land Financial Security. Please refer to the Mined Land Financial Security Information, available on the Department's website page.

  6. Environmental Assessment Form (EAF). In accordance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR), an application is not complete until a properly completed environmental assessment form has been submitted, a lead agency has been established, and a negative declamation or a conditioned negative declamation has been filed or a draft environmental impact statement has been accepted by the lead agency.

    • Refer to the Department's SEQR website pages for additional information on environmental impact assessment.
    • SEQR Forms are available on the Department's website page.
    • If the project is an Unlisted Action, submit a completed Part 1 of a Short Environmental Assessment form. In addition, complete the Mining EAF (PDF) (201 KB) supplement for Unlisted Actions. The Mining EAF (PDF) (201 KB) has been designed to provide supplementary information essential for the Department to make a SEQR determination of significance, to more thoroughly describe the proposed operation and to ascertain a mining permit application's compliance with the NYS Mined Land Reclamation Law.
    • If the project is a Type I Action, submit a completed Part 1 of a Full Environmental Assessment Form.
    • Please refer to SEQR to determine if a proposed application is SEQR Type 1 or Unlisted.
  7. Structural / Archaeological Assessment Form (SAAF). In accordance with the State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA), the application is not complete until a determination has been made concerning the impact of the project on properties listed on or eligible for listing on the State or National Register of Historic Places.

Forms may be obtained from the Regional Mined Land Reclamation Specialist, or the Regional Permit Administrator, both of whom are located in your Regional DEC Office. Forms are also available on the Department's web, see the links above.

Submit the completed application, consisting of the above forms and supporting documentation, to the Regional Permit Administrator.

Time Frames

The Department's review of the application follows the time frames summarized on Getting an Environmental Permit.

All "major" mining projects require a 30-day public comment period. In addition, all new "minor" mining projects require a 30-day comment period for the local government.

See Technical Guidance Memorandum #MLR92-2 for more information on mined land permit processing.