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.
New Mines, 2012