Or. Admin. R. 632-030-0018 - County Authority; City or County Operations

Current through Register Vol. 61, No. 4, April 1, 2022

(1) Columbia County is the only county operating its own mined land reclamation program under ORS 517.780(1) and mining operations in Columbia County are exempt from regulation under these rules.
(a) When any city or county elects to exempt from these rules any city or county owned or operated sites according to the provisions of ORS 517.780(2), it must adopt the required ordinance for all city and county operated sites and notify the Department of its action. A copy of the ordinance must be provided with the notification. The city or county ordinance must meet the requirements of ORS 517.780(2);
(b) Each city or county that operates under its own ordinance under ORS 517.780(2) must annually supply the Department with a list of sites covered by the exemption. The information provided for each site on the list must include the following: legal description, land ownership, acreage affected, acres reclaimed, and status;
(c) Any city or county exercising an exemption under ORS 517.780(2) must designate a surface mining administrator and notify the Department of the name of the administrator. The portion of each property mined by the city or county under this exemption must be under the exclusive control of the city or county. Reclamation of each site must be completed before the city or county relinquishes control of the site;
(d) In order to maintain an exemption under ORS 517.780(3), a city or county may not produce more than 5,000 cubic yards of material per year for a purpose other than city or county-owned projects or for on-site use by the landowner.
(e) A city or county surface mining operations operating under this exemption may not disturb more than one acre of land unless the city or county has in place an ordinance that ensures an enforceable reclamation plan is in place that ensures that natural resources will be protected during mining and reclamation and that all disturbed lands will be reclaimed in a timely manner returned and suitable for the beneficial use or uses allowed under the applicable comprehensive plan and land-use regulations.


Or. Admin. R. 632-030-0018
DGMI 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-99; DGMI 1-2009, f. & cert. ef. 5-15-09

Stat. Auth.: ORS 516.090(2)(a), 517.740 & 517.840(1)(d)

Stats. Implemented: ORS 517.780

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