Control or controller, when used in parts 773, 774, and 778 of this chapter, refers to or means -
(a) A permittee of a surface coal mining operation;
(b) An operator of a surface coal mining operation; or
(c) Any person who has the ability to determine the manner in which a surface coal mining operation is conducted.
30 CFR § 701.5
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the specified meanings, except where otherwise indicated: