Utah Admin. Code R645-400-200 - Information Related to Inspections

Current through Bulletin 2022-07, April 1, 2022

210. Requests for Inspections.
211. A citizen may request a Division inspection under UCA 40-10-22 by furnishing to the Division a signed, written statement (or an oral report followed by a signed, written statement) giving the Division reason to believe that a violation of the State Program or any applicable permit or exploration approval has occurred, and including a phone number and address where the citizen can be contacted.
212. The identity of any person supplying information to the Division relating to a possible violation or imminent danger or harm will remain confidential with the Division if requested by that person, unless that person elects to accompany the inspector on the inspection, or unless disclosure is required under Utah or federal law.
213. If a Division inspection is conducted as a result of information provided to the Division by a citizen as described in R645-400-211, the citizen will be notified as far in advance as practicable when the inspection is to occur and will be allowed to accompany the authorized representative of the Division during the inspection. Such person has a right of entry to, upon, and through the coal exploration or coal mining and reclamation operation about which he or she provided information, but only if he or she is in the presence of and is under control, direction and supervision of the authorized representative while on the mine property. Such right of entry does not include a right to enter buildings without consent of the person in control of the building or without a search warrant. All citizens so visiting mine sites are required to comply with applicable MSHA safety standards.
214. Within 10 days of the Division inspection or, if there is no inspection within 15 days of receipt of the citizen's written statement, the Division will send the citizen the following:
214.100. If an inspection was made, a description of the enforcement action taken, which may consist of copies of the Division inspection report and all notices of violation and cessation orders issued as a result of the inspection or an explanation of why no enforcement action was taken;
214.200. If no Division inspection was conducted, an explanation of the reason why; and
214.300. An explanation of the citizen's right, if any, to informal review of the action or inaction of the Division under R645-400-240.
215. The Division will give copies of all materials in R645-400-214 within the time limits specified in that Rule to the person alleged to be in violation, except that the name of the citizen will be removed unless disclosure of the citizen's identity is permitted under R645-400-212.
220. Right of Entry.
221. Each authorized representative of the Division conducting an inspection under R645-400 through R645-401:
221.100. Will have a right of entry to, upon, and through any coal exploration or coal mining and reclamation operation without advance notice or a search warrant, upon presentation of appropriate credentials;
221.200. May, at reasonable times and without delay, have access to and copy any records, and inspect any monitoring equipment or method of operation required under the State Program or any condition of an exploration approval or permit imposed under the State Program; and
221.300. Will have a right to gather physical and photographic evidence to document conditions, practices or violations at the site.
222. No search warrant will be required with respect to any activity under R645-400-221 except that a search warrant may be required for entry into a building.
230. Review of Adequacy and Completeness of Inspection. Any person who is or may be adversely affected by coal mining and reclamation operations or coal exploration operations may notify the Director in writing of any alleged failure on the part of the Division to make adequate and complete or periodic inspections as provided in R645-400-130 or R645-400-210. The notification will contain information to demonstrate the belief that the person is or may be adversely affected including the basis for his or her belief that the Division has failed to conduct the required inspections. The Director will within 15 days of receipt of the notification, determine whether there is sufficient information to create a reasonable belief that R645-400-130 or R645-400-210 are not being complied with, and if not, will immediately order an inspection to remedy the noncompliance. The Director will, also furnish the complainant with a written statement of the reasons for such determination and the actions, if any, taken to remedy the noncompliance.
240. Review of Decision Not to Inspect or Enforce.
241. Any person who is or may be adversely affected by coal exploration or coal mining and reclamation operations may ask the Director to review informally an authorized representative's decision not to inspect or take appropriate enforcement action with respect to any violation alleged by that person in a request for State inspection under R645-400-210. The request for review will be in writing and include a statement of how the person is or may be adversely affected and why the decision merits review.
242. The Director will conduct the review and inform the person, in writing, of the results of the review within 30 days of his or her receipt of the request. The person alleged to be in violation will also be given a copy of the results of the review, except that the name of the citizen will not be disclosed unless confidentiality has been waived or disclosure is required under Utah or federal law.
243. Informal review under this section will not affect any right to formal review or to a citizen's suit under the State Program.

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Utah Admin. Code R645-400-200

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