Mined Land Reclamation Law
Article 23, Title 27-Environmental Conservation Law Implementing Regulations-6NYCRR Part 420-425.
Concurrent mine reclamation.
Alfalfa is growing on the reclaimed
area while mining continues. McEwan
Mining, East Concord, Cattaraugus Co., N.Y.
Mineral Resources are an important part of New York State. The State Legislature enacted Article 23, Title 27 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) of New York State to achieve the policies of the State which are to ensure the environmentally sound, economic development of New York's mineral resources and the return of affected land to productive use for current and future generations.
Regulations (6NYCRR Parts 420-425) and a permitting program designed to achieve these goals have been established by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
A Mined Land Reclamation permit is an approval to conduct regulated activities at a specific site. Permits are issued by DEC for annual terms of up to five years and may be renewed. Certain extraction of minerals in aid of construction projects or agricultural activities may be exempt from the permitting requirements of the Mined Land Reclamation Law.