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Permits and New Mines


The Division issued 46 permits for new mines and 382 renewals or modifications, for a total of 428 permits. Sand and gravel mines were the most common type of newly-permitted mines in 2012.

Mined land reclamation permits are issued for terms of five years or less and may be renewed. A renewal permit allows continued operation of the mine within approved limits. A modification permit authorizes changes, such as addition of processing equipment or expansion of the mine's surface area or depth beyond the original approved limits.

Permits, 2008-2012

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
New Permits 37 34 39 26 46
Renewals 427 319 260 266 267
Modifications 158 185 117 102 115
Total Permits 622 538 416 394 428

New Mines, 2012

A pie chart of new mines by commodity for 2012

Additional Information:

Mined Land Reclamation Permits Issued in 2012 (PDF) (261 KB)