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Mined Land Reclamation Program Applicant's Guide

Introduction

New York is rich in valuable mineral resources and has some 2,200 active mining operations. Due to the potential impacts that mining may have on the environment, New York State has taken a role in regulating the mining industry.

The policy of New York State as set forth in the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), Article 23, Title 27, is to assure that the economic development of the mining and minerals industry be compatible with sound environmental management practices. To implement this policy, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) created the Mined Land Reclamation Program. Through this program, the department enforces regulations that:

  1. Foster and encourage the development of an economically sound and stable mining and minerals industry,
  2. Provide for the wise and efficient use of the resources available for mining,
  3. Assure the reclamation of mined lands (this involves conditioning the affected land to make it suitable for productive use including, but not limited to, the planting of grass, trees, or crops, and the protection of wildlife or aquatic resources),
  4. Prevent pollution associated with mining activity, and,
  5. Protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public.

This Applicant's Guide provides detailed instructions and outlines the basic components and requirements when applying for a Mined Land Reclamation permit. In addition to the guide, it is important for the applicant to become familiar with the requirements and provisions of the Mined Land Reclamation Law and its attendant rules and regulations.

Do You Need a Permit?

Regulated Activities

The Mined Land Reclamation program applies to all excavations from which greater than 1,000 tons or greater than 750 cubic yards, whichever is less, of mineral(s) are removed, or are proposed to be removed, during 12 successive months. This translates to about 40-50 tandem-axle (10-wheeler) dump truck loads. This program also applies to mineral excavations over 100 cubic yards from or adjacent to any water body not subject to the jurisdiction of the Protection of Waters program or the Public Lands law. Mineral, as specified in the regulations, means any natural formed, usually inorganic, solid material located on or below the surface of the earth, including peat and topsoil.

The following activities REQUIRE A PERMIT if the above extraction thresholds are exceeded:

  1. Extraction or removal of minerals from the ground
  2. Breaking of the surface in order to facilitate or accomplish the extraction or removal of minerals (e.g. stripping of topsoil and overburden)
  3. Any other activity for the extraction or removal of minerals from their original location
  4. Processing of minerals at the mine location to make them suitable for commercial, industrial, or construction use

DO NOT START A PROJECT BEFORE OBTAINING A PERMIT! If activities which are regulated under the Mined Land Reclamation program are begun before a permit is obtained, the person undertaking these activities and any person engaged in mining for that person may be subject to enforcement action by DEC. Such action may include any or all of the following:

  1. Civil and/or criminal court action,
  2. Fines, and/or
  3. An order to perform remedial action, including the reclamation of all affected lands.

Exempt Activities

Certain activities are exempt from the Mined Land Reclamation Law (MLRL). Contact the Regional Mined Land Reclamation Specialist to determine whether a mining permit is required. The most common of these exempt activities include:

  1. Mining operations from which fewer than 1,000 tons or 750 cubic yards of minerals are removed for sale, exchange, or other use during a twelve month period.
  2. Excavation or grading operations which are conducted solely in aid of on-site construction or farming, such as excavation for a basement or farm drainage improvements. Operations fall in this exempt category when the operator presents objective evidence to the department demonstrating that construction or farming will occur at the site concurrently with excavation and grading or immediately after these operations are finished. The Department may consider an approved building permit, site plan or a farm management plan prepared by the Soil Conservation Service as acceptable objective evidence.

This information is not intended to serve as the basis of determining whether a project is subject to the jurisdiction of the mind land reclamation law. The determination of whether a mined land reclamation permit is required or not is made by the Regional Mined Land Reclamation Specialist.

In addition, certain activities are not regulated under the MLRL but may REQUIRE PERMITS UNDER OTHER REGULATORY PROGRAMS. These include:

  1. Extraction of substances which exist naturally in a fluid state, such as oil and gas (Covered by the Oil, Gas, and Solution Mining permit program).
  2. Solution mining consisting of the injection of a liquid into a solid formation to dissolve the mineral for subsequent removal by pumping (also covered by the Oil, Gas, and Solution Mining permit program).
  3. Dredging operations conducted in waters and wetlands protected under the provisions of the ECL, or on submerged state lands under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services (covered by the Protection of Waters, Tidal Wetlands and Freshwater Wetlands Programs, and the Public Land Law).

Major and Minor Projects

Procedures, review time frames, annual regulatory fees, and requirements for public notice for applications, are different for major and minor projects under the Uniform Procedures Regulations (Part 621). In general, minor Mined Land Reclamation projects have shorter review time frames and require no formal public notice.

MINOR Mined Land Reclamation projects include those which meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Total acreage affected by mining for the entire mining site is less than 5 acres (regardless of the length of the mining period);
  2. Total depth of the mine from the floor to the top of the mine face is less than 20 feet
  3. There is no on-site processing of mining products. (eg. washing, crushing)
  4. There is no mining within 100 feet of any surface water (including reservoirs, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds or wetlands)
  5. There is no mining of consolidated minerals
  6. There is no mining within 500 feet of any dwelling
  7. There is no mining below the mean annual high water table at the mine site

Applications which do not meet ALL of these criteria will be processed as MAJOR projects.

Other Permits and Determinations

DEC Environmental Permits

Your project or activity may require additional permits under other DEC permit programs. For example, a Protection of Waters permit may be required for establishing a haul road crossing over a regulated stream; a Wetlands permit may be required when within 100 feet of a regulated wetland; an Air permit may be required for air emissions from crushing or screening operations; or a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit may be required for water used in mineral processing, mine dewatering or for an off-site stormwater discharge. If you are not sure whether your project requires more than one permit, contact the Division of Environmental Permits (DEP) in the DEC regional office responsible for the county where the mining project is located. The materials necessary for all required permits should be submitted at the same time to allow simultaneous review of the entire project. Review of your project will not commence until these materials are submitted.

State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

The provisions of the Uniform Procedures Act require that applications for permits cannot be considered complete unless certain requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) have been met. This initially involves the filing of a completed Environmental Assessment Form (EAF). Upon receipt of the application and EAF, DEC may coordinate the SEQRA environmental review of the project with other state or local agencies having jurisdiction over the project. (See Local Governments section below.) In doing so, an agency other than DEC may ultimately be designated as the "lead agency." The "lead agency" determines whether the proposed project will have a significant adverse impact on the environment. If it is determined that the project may have a significant adverse impact, you must submit a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) before your application is declared complete.

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA)

If a project may have a significant impact on historical structures or archaeological sites protected by the State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA), DEC must evaluate this impact. If your application is for a major project, the application packet should contain a Structural and Archaeological Assessment Form (SAAF). Please fill out this form according to the instructions attached to it. In some cases, a cultural resource survey, including a field study of archaeological or historic features, may be needed.

Department of Transportation (DOT)

An applicant who proposes to conduct a mining project in conjunction with a Department of Transportation (DOT) contract, may substitute a copy of the contract agreement (prepared according to DOT's contract documents and specifications), for the Mined Land Use Plan, and submit this to DEC (See 6NYCRR Part 422.1). The following must be included with the submission of the DOT contract agreement:

  1. The name, address, and telephone number of the engineer-in-charge
  2. Location map of the mine project site
  3. An Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) properly filled out
  4. A description of the acreage that will be involved in the project including topographic contours showing the lay of the land before mining and also contours showing the land after the mining project is completed

If DEC then issues a mining permit, the DOT contract documents and specifications will satisfy the requirements of the Mined Land Use Plan and will be enforced by DEC, as written. DEC will also monitor the mining operation in cooperation with the DOT engineer-in-charge to ensure conformance with the Mined Land Reclamation regulations.

Bluestone Exploration Authorization

An amendment to the MLRL, signed October 2002, allows bluestone miners to excavate overburden and explore for bluestone deposits without having to go through the full mining permit process. Based on the provisions of the revised MLRL, DEC developed a Bluestone Exploration Authorization process that incorporates environmental safeguards similar to those in a Mined Land Reclamation Permit. The requirements are tailored to the narrower scope of the exploration efforts with an emphasis on reclamation.

With the Bluestone Exploration Authorization, small quantities of stone can be extracted to determine if the material is workable and marketable. A landowner or quarryman can determine whether a potential deposit is worth mining before making a significant investment of time and money to apply for a full Mined Land Reclamation Permit.

Bluestone mines occur in DEC Regions 3, 4, and 7 and most of them are found in the 5 county area of Tompkins, Broome, Delaware, Chenango and Otsego Counties. The Bluestone Exploration Authorization is a continuation of DEC's efforts to recognize the unique features of the industry.

Key Elements of the Recent Bluestone Exploration Authorization Legislation

  • Exploration site is limited to a maximum 1acre area
  • Exploration site can't be adjacent to a water body
  • Stone removal may not exceed 500 tons per year
  • Exploration authorization expires in one year unless a one-time renewal is obtained
  • No regulatory fee
  • Site must be reclaimed
  • Financial security ($1,300) is required to ensure reclamation

Bluestone Exploration Authorization Forms

All of the forms are available on-line to assist applicants with the filing of a bluestone exploration authorization. These include:

  • Bluestone Application Authorization Form
  • Instructions for Completing Bluestone Application Authorization Form
  • Financial Security - Reclamation Bond Form
  • Financial Security - Irrevocable Letter of Credit Example
  • Financial Security - Assignment of Certificate of Deposit Letter Example

Bluestone Exploration Application Processing

Within approximately 15 days of Bluestone Exploration Authorization application receipt, DEC staff will:

  • Review the project to determine if other permits are required
  • Review the project with regard to New York Archaeology Site Locations, Wild, Scenic and Recreation River program concerns and Endangered Species Act applicability
  • Provide copies of Bluestone Exploration Authorization Application to other DEC program staff (e.g. Division of Water, Division of Environmental Permits, Division of Fish and Wildlife)
  • Review application for completeness and notify the applicant if the application is determined to be incomplete.

Within approximately 45 days of receiving a complete Bluestone Exploration Authorization application, the following actions shall be satisfied:

  • Mined Land Reclamation staff will inspect the site
  • The applicant must provide financial security
  • Mined Land Reclamation staff will send a letter and copy of the application package to the local Chief Administration Officer
  • If the mine site is located within the New York City watershed area, Mined Land Reclamation staff will send a copy of the completed application to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • If application is approvable, Mined Land Reclamation staff signs the application package, provides authorization dates and returns a copy of the completed application to the applicant

Local Governments

The MLRL supersedes all other state and local laws related to mining and reclamation. However, localities can enact laws of general applicability, zone permissible uses in zoning districts, and can prohibit mining. Where mining is designated a permissable use in a zoning district and allowed by special use permit, conditions placed on such special use permits shall be limited to the following:

  1. ingress and egress to locally controlled roads
  2. routing of mineral transport vehicles on locally controlled roads
  3. requirements and conditions as specified in the DEC permit concerning:
    • setback from property lines and rights-of-way
    • barriers to restrict property access
    • dust control
    • hours of operation
  4. enforcement of reclamation requirements contained in the DEC permit.

For new mines, local government officials are allowed to make recommendations to the DEC with regard to:

  1. setbacks from property lines and rights-of-way
  2. barriers designed to restrict access
  3. dust control
  4. hours of operation
  5. whether mining is prohibited at the location

DEC can accept or reject the recommendations. If they are accepted, conditions will be added to the DEC permit. If they are rejected, DEC must give the reasons why the recommendations were rejected.

Permit Requirements

General Information

DEC processes 3 types of Mined Land Reclamation permit applications:

  1. New
  2. Renewal
  3. Modification

New and renewal permits are issued for annual terms, up to 5 years. Modified permits continue with the permit term of the new or renewed permit that is revised.

All permit processing is subject to Uniform Procedures. All applications for permit, except Bluestone Exploration Authorizations, are to be filed with the Regional Permit Administrator or Deputy Regional Permit Administrator at the NYSDEC office responsible for the area in which your project is located. The address and phone numbers for each of the filing points and the counties covered by each office are provided at the regional offices.

Applications for Bluestone Exploration Authorizations are to be filed with the Regional Mined Land Reclamation Specialist at the Regional office responsible for the area in which your project is located.

Permit Fees

Permittees are required to pay annual Mined Land Reclamation permit fees based on the area authorized to be affected during the permit term. Invoices are sent to all permittees in early September for the current calendar year (i.e. January 1 - December 31), continuing each year until the Department approves final reclamation of the mine.

Current annual regulatory fees for Mined Land Reclamation permits are as follows:

  • $ 400.00 for "minor" projects (as defined)
  • $ 700.00 for mines up to 5 acres
  • $ 900.00 for mines greater than 5 acres up to and including 10 acres
  • $1,500.00 for mines greater than 10 acres up to and including 20 acres
  • $4,000.00 for mines greater than 20 acres up to and including 30 acres
  • $8,000.00 for mines greater than 30 acres

County and local governments are not subject to fees.

General Directions for Submitting a Permit Application

The following paragraphs outline the general requirements for submitting an application for a mining permit. Every Mined Land Reclamation Permit requires that a Mined Land-Use plan be developed as part of the application. This plan must include both written and graphic sections that set forth in detail the proposed mining operations and reclamation activities. After the Department issues a mining permit, the permittee must not deviate from the Mined Land-Use Plan without prior approval by the Department.

Pre-application Meetings

Applicants may find a pre-application meeting to be a helpful forum to explain their proposed project to DEC and to obtain preliminary answers from Department staff on jurisdictional applicability, application requirements and procedures, and standards for permit issuance. An Environmental Analyst with the Division of Environmental Permits will schedule and coordinate a pre-application meeting with the project sponsor, the Division of Mineral Resources's (DMN) Mined Land Reclamation Specialist (MLRS) and other appropriate DEC program staff.

Applications for New Mines

The following information must be submitted for a new application. All mining permit application forms are available for download.

1. Mining Permit Application Form

Fill in answers to all of the questions on this form. If questions are left unanswered, the application will automatically be deemed incomplete. The questions regarding acreage are very important. Be sure to refer to the application instructions for line by line explanations of each question. You will need to obtain the landowner's signature if the landowner is not the applicant. If the land is being sold through a land contract, the signature of the title holder (person selling the land) is required.

2. Organizational Report

Fill out the entire page. If a town is filing the application, then the supervisor's and council members' names must be listed.

3. Environmental Assessment Form

An Environmental Assessment form must be completed and submitted for all new mine applications and for some modification applications. Note that for sites that are a Type I action under State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR 6NYCRR Part 617), a full Environmental Assessment Form is required. The Full Environmental Assessment form may be obtained from the Department's website, or by contacting your local DEC office.

4. Mined Land-Use Plan

A mined land-use plan must be filed as part of the application.

Renewal Applications

The following information must be submitted for a renewal application:

1. Mining Permit Application Form

Fill in answers to all of the questions on this form. If questions are left unanswered, the application will automatically be deemed incomplete. The questions regarding acreage are very important. Be sure to refer to the application instructions for line by line explanations of each question. You will need to obtain the landowner's signature if the landowner is not the applicant. If the land is being sold through a land contract, the signature of the title holder (person selling the land) is required.

2. Organizational Report

Fill out the entire page. If a town is filing the application, then the supervisor's and council members' names must be listed.

3. Updated Mining Map

Revised mining map should illustrate all changes to the topography since the time of the last (previous) permit application.

The mining map must also depict any new areas the will become affected during the forthcoming permit term and all areas that have been reclaimed. The MLRS will re-evaluate the affected area for the permit term and determine whether the required financial security should increase, decrease or remain the same.

4. A Description of Any Changes to the Mined Land Use Plan

The accompanying narrative or letter should discuss the following items: a description of recent mining and reclamation operations, planning mining and reclamation operations for the upcoming permit terms, and any proposed changes to the operations.

5. Identification of Reclamation Accomplished During the Existing Permit Term

Directions for Preparing a Mined Land-use Plan

General Provisions

Every applicant for a mining permit must submit a Mined Land-Use Plan setting forth in detail an outline of the mining property and the affected land, the applicant's mining plan and the applicant's reclamation plan. After the department has issued a mining permit, the permittee must not deviate or depart from the Mined Land-Use Plan without approval by the Department.

The applicant's mining and reclamation plans must describe the mining method as designated by the applicant on the basis of current or anticipated mining practices, and the reclamation method, having as its objective the preparation of the affected land for a future productive use. The proposed method of operating a mine and the method of reclaiming the affected land to achieve the applicant's land-use objective must be compatible with sound environmental management practices.

The Mined Land-Use Plan must include a combination of graphic (map) and written (text or narrative) form. The information to be presented in graphic form must be submitted on a U.S.G.S. or NYS DOT 7 1/2 minute quadrangle sheet (unless unavailable in 7 1/2 minute format, in which case a 15 minute sheet will suffice) which has been enlarged to a scale not to exceed 1" = 660' (preferably 1" = 200'). An equivalent map may be utilized and must be prepared by an engineer, geologist, licensed land surveyor or other person trained in topographic map preparation. Aerial photographs or maps prepared on an aerial photograph base may be used to supplement the information presented in graphic form. The Department reserves the right to reject aerial photographs on the basis of their being out of date, of poor quality, of improper scale or for other reasons which render them unsatisfactory for the required purpose. All maps and photographs must be presented with a horizontal scale not to exceed one inch equals 660 feet (preferably 1" = 200'). Vertical details must be shown by the use of contours or cross-sections. Contour maps should be presented with a minimum 10 foot contour interval. Cross-sections can be utilized to illustrate the proposed post-mining, final grades. Cross-section hortizonal scale must coincide with the scale of the map and the vertical exaggeration must be sufficient to show all existing and future topographic features. Plans submitted that were not drawn to scale will be rejected.

Overlays may be presented in conjunction with maps to illustrate any of the required information. The maps and photographs must be prepared in a neat, legible manner and must include a title block and legend containing the following information:

  1. Name of the mine
  2. County and town in which the mine is located
  3. Name of the U.S.G.S. quadrangle sheet on which the mine location is shown
  4. Map scale, contour interval, a north arrow and a reference datum
  5. Location of the water table where such information is available
  6. Names of persons responsible for the preparation of the maps or photographs
  7. Date of preparation

All documents are to be submitted to the Department in triplicate. Failure to do so will result in the Department deeming the application incomplete until additional copies are provided.

Mined Land-use Plan Outline

The following outline should be followed and all items should be addressed, plus any unique and site specific issues should be discussed.

Mining Plan

  1. Introduction
    1. General geographic location of the mine;
    2. Location of the mine in relation to towns, county, public highways, and landmarks;
    3. Adjacent land-use features.
  2. Existing conditions of the land:
    1. Past mining history
    2. Previous land use
    3. Vegetation
    4. Topography
    5. Drainage/Hydrology
    6. Man-made features
  3. Description of Mineral and Mining Method:
    1. Type of deposit (e.g. glacial);
    2. Name of mineral (e.g. sand, gravel, clay, etc.);
    3. Mining operations (e.g. surface unconsolidated, etc.);
    4. Mining method;
    5. Mining sequences/phasing (progression/direction of mining);
    6. Grading, sloping, property line set backs, location of mine floor, mine floor elevations, bench elevations;
    7. Processing (crushing, screening, etc.);
    8. Haulage ways;
    9. Disposition of stockpiles and waste materials.
  4. Pollution Control and Prevention of Environmental Damage:
    1. Air pollution (dust);
    2. Noise pollution;
    3. Water pollution (water borne sediments);
    4. Visual pollution (need for screening);
    5. Petroleum Spill Prevention Plan.
  5. Map
    1. Mine location;
    2. Outline of affected land for the permit term;
    3. Outline of the entire project boundary (the maximum extent of the area to be mined over the entire life of the mine);
    4. Property line setbacks;
    5. Location of adjacent land-use features;
    6. Location of cuts, excavations, processing and treatment facilities, stockpiles, haulageways, refuse and spoil areas;
    7. Location of drainage, surface water, wetland and water control features;
    8. Berms and visual screening;
    9. Areas (mined prior to 4/1/75);
    10. Site topography shown with elevation contours or cross sections (a minimum of two per site which intersect each other, more if requested by the Department);
    11. Title block - name of mine, county and town, U.S.G.S. quad., scale, contour interval, north arrow reference datum, name of preparer, date of preparation.

Reclamation Plan

Each of the following topics must be addressed:

  1. Specify land use objective to be achieved in the final stage of reclamation such as:
    1. Develop site to a condition similar to or compatible with that which existed prior to any mining;
    2. Develop site to some other productive use of the land; forests, pasture, crops, wildlife area, lake/pond, wetland, reservoir, etc.;
    3. Develop a site for subsequent development/construction.
  2. Reclamation Method:
    1. Topsoil and overburden replacement;
    2. Grading and slope treatment, final grades;
    3. Disposition of waste, residual material, junk trash, personal property;
    4. Treatment of haulageways;
    5. Water impoundment treatment;
    6. Final drainage;
    7. Revegetation, including tree species, grass mixtures, seeding rates, fertilizer rates.
  3. Reclamation schedule (exact dates not required):
    1. Phases of reclamation;
    2. Concurrent with mining or at termination (note: we encourage performing concurrent reclamation to the extent practicable).
  4. Map:
    1. Outline of affected acreage. The plan must identify all lands affected during the life of the mine;
    2. Grading plan. Illustrate the final land surface by contours and cross sections;
    3. Revegetated areas, drainage features, water impoundments, building and other applicable features that will be a part of the reclaimed site;
    4. Haulage ways to remain, berms, fences, head and toe of major slopes.

A pre-application conference with the Regional Environmental Analyst and the Mined Land Reclamation Specialist is highly recommended.

Permit Processing Time Frames

DEC will determine whether the Mined Land Reclamation application contains all the information needed to begin review within 15 calendar days of its receipt. If the application is incomplete, the environmental analyst will send a notice providing details of what is needed.

Once a permit application is deemed complete, the Department is required to make a permit decision on the project within certain time frames as outlined in Uniform Procedures 6NYCRR Part 621. Briefly stated, a permit decision on a "minor project" must be made within 45 days from the date of completeness and for a "major project" a permit decision must be made within 90 days. After an application is declared complete, DEC may request additional information to complete its review and make a decision.

In those circumstances in which an adjudicatory public hearing is convened, the UPA time frames are automatically suspended until the hearing is completed. In such instances, a decision on permit issuance is to be made within 60 days following DEC's receipt of the completed hearing record.

It is extremely important to plan ahead. All complete mining permit applications (including "minor projects") are subject to a 30 day local government comment period. The applications are also subject to review under the SEQRA. In this part of the review, the project is reviewed by the DEC project team to determine if there may be any adverse environmental impacts. If so an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) may be required.

The permit process also requires that all "major project" applications be subject to a 30 day public comment period. A mining permit cannot be issued prior to the end of the public comment period.

In certain situations, Uniform Procedures time frames may be suspended:

  1. By mutual agreement between DEC and the applicant,
  2. If an enforcement action has been started against the applicant,
  3. If another agency is leading the environmental review of the project under SEQRA and has not yet completed the review,
  4. Pending receipt of the Reclamation Bond,
  5. Failure to pay regulatory fees.

Financial Security Information

Prior to the issuance of a mining permit, the applicant must furnish financial security, as described below, which is conditioned upon conformance with the applicant's Mined Land-Use Plan. The applicant will be informed of the bond amount when the application is deemed complete. Financial security should not be sent in along with the application or prior to approval:

  1. Surety Bond - To be filed in triplicate. As stated in Condition 1 of the form, the surety may cancel the bond if 90 days notice is given to the Department of Environmental Conservation. If the bond is canceled, the permittee is responsible for providing another surety bond or another form of acceptable financial security. Failure to do so can result in revocation of the permit.
  2. Irrevocable Letter of Credit - To be filed using the Division of Mineral Resources approved form letter.
  3. Certificate of Deposit- A savings certificate may be used to satisfy the bond requirement if it is assigned to DEC using the proper form letter.
    The certificate of deposit must be held by the bank, and the Division of Minerals approved assignment form letter attached to it. Any interest or dividends are the property of the principal (permittee).

All financial security forms used for mining permits are available for download.

In all cases, it is imperative that the 5 digit mine file number appear on the financial security, that the principal's name on the financial security match the name on the permit application and the organizational report, and that original signatures appear on all copies.

Periodically, the MLRS will re-evaluate the amout of financial security needed to ensure site reclamation and will make discretionary adjustments to the required financial security if necessary.

Adjustments to the required financial security amount may result from:

  • An increase in affected acreage,
  • Reclamation of mined areas, which result in a reduction of affected acreage,
  • Modifications to the Mined-Land Use Plan, which results in an increase or decrease of affected acreage,
  • Non-compliance/violations,
  • Cost of reclamation exceeds the amount of financial security.

If there are any questions with regard to these forms and procedures, contact your nearest DEC office.

Summary

The Environmental Analyst and the Regional Mined Land Reclamation Specialists are available to answer questions regarding the preparation of plans or to give guidance on the SEQRA process and permitting. However, be advised that DEC cannot prepare plans for the applicant. For further information on the application requirements consult the official rules and regulations: Title 6 NYCRR Parts 420 - 425 6NYCRR.