Mined Land Reclamation Permits
An applicant for a Mined Land Reclamation Permit must submit a Mined Land Use Plan prepared by the applicant or a consultant hired by the applicant. The Regional Mined Land Reclamation Specialist is available to answer questions and to comment on the plan preparation. A pre-application meeting is recommended. For more information see Introduction and Mined Land Reclamation Permits Links.
The Mined Land Use Plan must include both narrative and graphics that set forth in detail the proposed mining operations and reclamation activities. The plan must be neat and to scale (preferably 1" = 200'). Plans that are not drawn to scale will be rejected.
In order to help ensure that the Mined Land Use Plan and the land use objective are not in conflict with the goals and objectives of the community in which the mine is located, the plan must describe how the proposed land use objective relates to any officially adopted county and local plan(s) and local zoning ordinance(s).
Once a mining application has been approved, the applicant must furnish financial security conditioned upon conformance with the approved Mined Land Use Plan. The applicant will be informed of the required amount in the letter of approval and must furnish the surety prior to issuance of the permit.
After the Department issues a mining permit, the permittee shall not depart from the Mined Land Use Plan without prior approval by the Department of an alteration or amendment.
An annual regulatory fee based upon affected acreage is assessed for each permitted mine site. Per Environmental Conservation Law 23-2711(8): "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, counties, cities, towns and villages shall be exempted from the fees for the permit, application, amendment and renewal required by this article."
The annual regulatory fee continues until the site is released from jurisdiction.