30 CFR 816.105 - Backfilling and grading: Thick overburden.

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§ 816.105 Backfilling and grading: Thick overburden.
(a) Definition. Thick overburden means more than sufficient spoil and other waste materials available from the entire permit area to restore the disturbed area to its approximate original contour. More than sufficient spoil and other waste materials occur where the overburden thickness times the swell factor exceeds the combined thickness of the overburden and coal bed prior to removing the coal, so that after backfilling and grading the surface configuration of the reclaimed area would not:
(1) Closely resemble the surface configuration of the land prior to mining; or
(2) Blend into and complement the drainage pattern of the surrounding terrain.
(b) Performance standards. Where thick overburden occurs within the permit area, the permittee at a minimum shall:
(1) Restore the approximate original contour and then use the remaining spoil and other waste materials to attain the lowest practicable grade, but not more than the angle of repose;
(2) Meet the requirements of §§ 816. 102(a)(2) through (j) of this part; and
(3) Dispose of any excess spoil in accordance with §§ 816.71 through 816.74 of this part.
[56 FR 65635, Dec. 17, 1991]

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  • 2014-12-22; vol. 79 # 245 - Monday, December 22, 2014
    1. 79 FR 76227 - Excess Spoil, Coal Mine Waste, Diversions, and Buffer Zones for Perennial and Intermittent Streams
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      DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
      Final rule.
      This regulation is effective December 22, 2014. The incorporation by reference of the publication listed in 30 CFR 780.25(a)(2) and 784.16(a)(2) was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 22, 2014.
      30 CFR Parts 780, 784, 816, and 817

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U.S. Code: Title 30 - MINERAL LANDS AND MINING

Title 30 published on 2014-07-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 30 CFR 816 after this date.

  • 2015-02-20; vol. 80 # 34 - Friday, February 20, 2015
    1. 80 FR 9256 - Petition To Initiate Rulemaking; Use of Explosives on Surface Coal Mining Operations
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      DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
      Decision on petition for rulemaking.
      February 20, 2015.
      30 CFR Parts 816 and 817