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
mining operations in Columbia County are exempt from regulation under these
(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
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
(c) Any city or county
exercising an exemption under ORS
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
(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
Or. Admin. R.
DGMI 1-1999, f. & cert.
ef. 1-7-99; DGMI 1-2009, f. & cert. ef.
Stat. Auth.: ORS
Stats. Implemented: ORS