30 CFR 761.11 - Areas where surface coal mining operations are prohibited or limited.
You may not conduct surface coal mining operations on the following lands unless you either have valid existing rights, as determined under § 761.16, or qualify for the exception for existing operations under § 761.12:
(a) Any lands within the boundaries of:
(1) The National Park System;
(2) The National Wildlife Refuge System;
(3) The National System of Trails;
(4) The National Wilderness Preservation System;
(5) The Wild and Scenic Rivers System, including study rivers designated under section 5(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, 16 U.S.C. 1276(a), or study rivers or study river corridors established in any guidelines issued under that Act; or
(b) Any Federal lands within a national forest. This prohibition does not apply if the Secretary finds that there are no significant recreational, timber, economic, or other values that may be incompatible with surface coal mining operations, and:
(1) Any surface operations and impacts will be incident to an underground coal mine; or
(2) With respect to lands that do not have significant forest cover within national forests west of the 100th meridian, the Secretary of Agriculture has determined that surface mining is in compliance with the Act, the Multiple-Use Sustained Yield Act of 1960, 16 U.S.C. 528- 531; the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of 1975, 30 U.S.C. 181et seq.; and the National Forest Management Act of 1976, 16 U.S.C. 1600et seq. This provision does not apply to the Custer National Forest.
(c) Any lands where the operation would adversely affect any publicly owned park or any place in the National Register of Historic Places. This prohibition does not apply if, as provided in § 761.17(d), the regulatory authority and the Federal, State, or local agency with jurisdiction over the park or place jointly approve the operation.
(d) Within 100 feet, measured horizontally, of the outside right-of-way line of any public road. This prohibition does not apply:
(2) When, as provided in § 761.14, the regulatory authority (or the appropriate public road authority designated by the regulatory authority) allows the public road to be relocated or closed, or the area within the protected zone to be affected by the surface coal mining operation, after:
(i) Providing public notice and opportunity for a public hearing; and
(ii) Finding in writing that the interests of the affected public and landowners will be protected.
(e) Within 300 feet, measured horizontally, of any occupied dwelling. This prohibition does not apply when:
(2) The part of the operation to be located closer than 300 feet to the dwelling is an access or haul road that connects with an existing public road on the side of the public road opposite the dwelling.
- 30 CFR 761.13 — Procedures for Compatibility Findings for Surface Coal Mining Operations on Federal Lands in National Forests.
- 30 CFR 917.30 — State-Federal Cooperative Agreement.
- 30 CFR 913.30 — State-Federal Cooperative Agreement.
- 30 CFR 761.12 — Exception for Existing Operations.
- 30 CFR 785.21 — Coal Preparation Plants Not Located Within the Permit Area of a Mine.
- 30 CFR 772.12 — Permit Requirements for Exploration That Will Remove More Than 250 Tons of Coal or That Will Occur on Lands Designated as Unsuitable for Surface Coal Mining Operations.
- 30 CFR 761.15 — Procedures for Waiving the Prohibition on Surface Coal Mining Operations Within the Buffer Zone of an Occupied Dwelling.
- 30 CFR 740.4 — Responsibilities.
- 30 CFR 762.14 — Applicability to Lands Designated as Unsuitable by Congress.
- 30 CFR 761.17 — Regulatory Authority Obligations at Time of Permit Application Review.
- 30 CFR 761.16 — Submission and Processing of Requests for Valid Existing Rights Determinations.
- 30 CFR 773.15 — Written Findings for Permit Application Approval.
- 30 CFR 761.14 — Procedures for Relocating or Closing a Public Road or Waiving the Prohibition on Surface Coal Mining Operations Within the Buffer Zone of a Public Road.
- 30 CFR 761.200 — Interpretative Rule Related to Subsidence Due to Underground Coal Mining in Areas Designated by Act of Congress.
- 30 CFR 936.30 — State-Federal Cooperative Agreement.
- 30 CFR 740.11 — Applicability.
- 30 CFR 761.5 — Definitions.
- 30 CFR 933.761 — Areas Designated Unsuitable for Surface Coal Mining by Act of Congress.
- 30 CFR 926.30 — State-Federal Cooperative Agreement.
- 30 CFR 914.30 — State-Federal Cooperative Agreement.
- 30 CFR 745.13 — Authority Reserved by the Secretary.
- 30 CFR 944.30 — State-Federal Cooperative Agreement.