2010 Michigan Compiled Laws
451-1994-III - ARTICLE III NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (324.30101...324.83109)
451-1994-III-3 - CHAPTER 3 MANAGEMENT OF NONRENEWABLE RESOURCES (324.60101...324.64111)
451-1994-III-3-4 - SUBCHAPTER 4 MINERAL MINING (324.63101...324.63714)
451-1994-III-3-4-631 - PART 631 RECLAMATION OF MINING LANDS (324.63101...324.63223)
Section 324.63101 - Definitions.

Act 451 of 1994

324.63101 Definitions.

Sec. 63101.

As used in this part:

(a) "Administratively complete" means an application for a mining permit under this part that is determined by the department to satisfy all of the conditions of this part and rules promulgated under this part.

(b) "Department" means the department of environmental quality.

(c) "Life of the mine" means the period of time from issuance of a permit under this part through the completion of reclamation as required by this part.

(d) "Metallic mineral" means ferrous ore or material mined for its ferrous content.

(e) "Metallic mineral operator" means a person who owns or leases the plant and equipment utilized in a metallic mineral mining area and is engaged in the business of mining metallic minerals or preparing to engage in mining operations for metallic minerals.

(f) "Metallic product" means a commercially salable metallic mineral in its final marketable form or state.

(g) "Mineral" means any substance to be excavated from the natural deposits on or in the earth for commercial, industrial, or construction purposes, including gypsum, limestone, dolostone, sandstone, shale, metallic mineral, or other solid materials. However, mineral does not include clay, gravel, marl, peat, inland sand or sand mined for commercial or industrial purposes, from sand dune areas regulated under part 637, coal regulated under part 635, or nonferrous metallic mineral regulated under part 632.

(h) "Mining area" or "area subjected to mining" means an area of land from which material is removed in connection with the production or extraction of minerals by surface or open pit mining methods, the lands on which material from that mining is deposited, the lands on which beneficiating or treatment plants and auxiliary facilities are located, the lands on which the water reservoirs used in the mining process are located, and auxiliary lands which are used.

(i) "Operator" means a metallic mineral operator or other persons engaged in or preparing to engage in mining operations for the production of mineral products.

(j) "Stockpile" means material, including, but not limited to, surface overburden, rock, or lean ore, which in the process of mineral mining and beneficiation or treatment has been removed from the earth and stored on the surface, but excluding materials that are being treated in the production of mineral products and the mineral product that has been produced by that operation.

(k) "Supervisor of reclamation" means the state geologist.

(l) "Surface or open pit mining" means the mining of more than 10,000 tons of a mineral or disturbing more than 1 acre of land a year in the regular operation of a business by removing the overburden lying above a natural deposit of a mineral and mining directly from the natural deposit exposed or by mining directly from a deposit lying exposed in the mineral's natural state. Surface or open pit mining includes all mineral mining below the water table or which will upon cessation of mining result in creating a body of water of any size. Surface or open pit mining does not include excavation or grading preliminary to a construction project.

(m) "Tailings basin" means land on which is deposited, by hydraulic or other means, the material that is separated from the mineral product in the beneficiation or treatment of minerals including any surrounding dikes constructed to contain the material.

History: Add. 1995, Act 57, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995 ;-- Am. 1997, Act 149, Imd. Eff. Dec. 2, 1997 ;-- Am. 2004, Act 449, Imd. Eff. Dec. 27, 2004
Popular Name: Act 451
Popular Name: NREPA

Disclaimer: These codes may not be the most recent version. Michigan may have more current or accurate information. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or the information linked to on the state site. Please check official sources.