2013 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 45 - Mines and Mining


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<html> <head> <STYLE type="text/css"> body {padding-left:90pt;width:612pt} p {margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt} .cls0 {font-size:12pt;font-family:'Courier New', monospace;} .cls7 {margin-left:100pt;} .cls6 {margin-left:114pt;} .cls8 {margin-left:136pt;} .cls3 {margin-left:172pt;} .cls2 {margin-left:208pt;} .cls4 {margin-left:64pt;} .cls9 {margin-left:93pt;} .cls5 {text-align:center;} .cls1 {text-align:justify;} </STYLE> <title>&sect;45-1</title> </head> <body> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-1. Oklahoma Mining Commission - Status - Appointment - Term - Membership - Meetings - Removal - Vacancies - Officers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. There is hereby created the Oklahoma Mining Commission. The Commission shall be composed of nine (9) members to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Commission shall constitute a body corporate of the State of Oklahoma, and exercise by the Commission of the powers conferred by this act shall be deemed and shall be held to be an essential governmental function of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Beginning January 1, 1986, one member shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year (Position One); one member shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years (Position Two); one member shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years (Position Three); one member shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years (Position Four); one member shall be appointed for a term of five (5) years (Position Five); two members shall be appointed for a term of six (6) years (Positions Six and Seven); and two members shall be appointed for a term of seven (7) years (Positions Eight and Nine).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. After the initial terms, appointments shall be made for seven (7) years. All appointments made for seven-year terms commencing prior to June 1, 1995, are hereby ratified. Each member shall be a qualified elector of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The membership shall consist of at least one person with a background in engineering or geology; one person with a background in labor or workers' safety; one person with a background in agriculture or soil conservation; one person with a background in transportation; one person with a background in economic development or banking; one person with a background in public utilities; one person with a background in natural resources; and two persons selected at large. All persons appointed to the Commission must be able to meet, at the time they take the constitutional and statutory oath of office, the provisions in Section 767 of this title, 30 U.S.C. Section 1267(g) and 30 C.F.R. Section 705.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commission shall meet at least six times annually. A majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. Commission members may be removed only for cause.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever a vacancy shall occur, the Governor shall appoint a person to fill the unexpired term of the vacant office. Each member of the Commission shall take and subscribe to the constitutional and statutory oath of office prior to the performance of any duties as a Commission member.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Commission shall reorganize annually by electing a chair, vice-chair and secretary from the membership of the Commission who shall perform, for one (1) year from the date of their election, such duties as shall be prescribed by the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The chair of the Commission or the Director may call a meeting of the Commission at any time and at any place within the state. Only in case of a tie vote shall the Director have the right to vote. Prior to all meetings of the Commission, notice of such meetings shall be in accordance with the applicable state meeting laws.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The term "State Mining Board" appearing in the Oklahoma Statutes shall mean the "Oklahoma Mining Commission". The term "Chief Mine Inspector" appearing in the Oklahoma Statutes shall mean "Director of the Department of Mines" in the absence of an appointed Chief Mine Inspector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1929, c. 251, p. 322, art. 1, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1949, p. 291, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 9, 1949; Laws 1965, c. 262, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 23, 1965; Laws 1978, c. 123, &sect; 1; Laws 1981, c. 121, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 28, 1981; Laws 1981, c. 272, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 1981; Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1982; Laws 1983, c. 333, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. June 29, 1983; Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986; Laws 1995, c. 326, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 8, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 85, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 15, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;451.2. Violation of Board order Notice Hearing Misdemeanor Injunction Action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Whenever the Board determines there are reasonable grounds to believe there has been a violation of any order of the Board adopted pursuant to Title 45 of the Oklahoma Statutes, it shall give written notice to the alleged violator specifying the cause of the complaint. Such notice shall require that the matters complained of be corrected within a specified time or that the alleged violator appear before the Board at a time and place specified in the notice to answer the charges. The notice shall be delivered to the alleged violator in accordance with the provisions of subsection C of this section not less than twenty (20) days before the time set for the hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Board shall afford the alleged violator an opportunity for a hearing in conformity with the Administrative Procedures Act. On the basis of the evidence produced at the hearing, the Board shall make findings of fact and conclusions of law and enter an order thereon. The Board shall give written notice of such order to the alleged violator. The order of the Board shall become final and binding on all parties unless appealed to the district court within thirty (30) days after notice of such order has been sent to the parties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Any notice, order or other instrument issued by the Board pursuant to this section may be served either personally, by publication, or by mailing a copy by registered mail directed to the alleged violator at his lastknown address as shown by the files or records of the Board. Proof of such service shall be filed in the office of the Board.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Unless otherwise specified by law, any person who violates any of the provisions of Title 45 of the Oklahoma Statutes or who violates any order or determination of the Board promulgated pursuant to this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and in addition thereto may be enjoined from continuing such violation. Each day upon which such violation occurs shall constitute a separate violation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Attorney General, on the request of the Board, shall bring an action against any person violating any order or determination of the Board adopted pursuant to Title 45 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 3. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;451.3. Hearings Hearing officer Judicial review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. All hearings required by the Board may be conducted by the Board itself at aregular or special meeting of the Board or the Board may designate hearing officers who shall have the power and authority to conduct such hearings in the name of the Board at any time and place.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any person aggrieved by a final order or other final determination of the Board may, or the Attorney General on behalf of the state may, petition for a judicial review for rehearing, reopening or reconsideration of the matter, as provided for in Section 317 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 4. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;451.4. Inspection of mines Mining records.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Chief Mine Inspector or his duly authorized representative shall have the power to enter at reasonable times upon any private or public property for the purpose of inspecting and investigating conditions relating to the health and safety of anyone employed in a mine in this state or to carry out its duties as required by this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Board may require the maintenance of records relating to mining. Copies of such records shall be submitted to the Board on request.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 5. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;451.5. Rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Board shall adopt within one hundred and eighty (180) days of the effective date of this act, rules and regulations governing ventilation, underground haulage, hoisting operations, explosives, and such other regulations it may deem necessary to protect the health and safety of persons employed in the mines of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 6. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;451a. Powers and duties of Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Mining Commission shall be the policydetermining agency for the Department of Mines and shall determine the broad plans and programs for the accomplishment of duties and responsibilities vested by law in said Commission, the Chief Mine Inspector and the Department of Mines, and may in the absence of an appointed Chief Mine Inspector, fix the duties and responsibilities of personnel employed by the Department including, in the absence of an appointed Chief Mine Inspector, the Director of the Department of Mines. It shall have the authority to delegate to its chairman, to one or more agents or employees, such powers and duties as it may deem proper. Each member of the Commission shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel expenses necessarily incurred in the discharge of official duties as provided in the State Travel Reimbursement Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In addition to other powers and duties specified by law, the Oklahoma Mining Commission shall have the power and duty to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. acquire by gift, devise, purchase or otherwise, absolutely or in trust, and to hold and, unless otherwise restricted by the terms of the gift or devise, any real property or real estate or other interest therein as may be necessary in carrying into effect the purpose of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. enter into contracts and to execute all instruments necessary to fulfill its duties, respecting the protection, preservation, maintenance and operation of such buildings and sites as it may select.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 266, &sect; 74, operative July 1, 1990.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;451b. Chief Mine Inspector Director.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The chief executive officer of the Department of Mines shall be the Chief Mine Inspector. In the absence of an appointed Chief Mine Inspector the chief executive officer shall be the Director who shall be appointed by the Oklahoma Mining Commission and who shall serve at the pleasure of said Commission and fix his or her duties and compensation. The Director shall be chosen with regard to his or her knowledge, training, experience and ability in administering the functions of the Department. No person shall be appointed Director who has not been a resident and a qualified elector of this state for a period of at least three (3) years preceding appointment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 3, eff. Jan. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;451c. Powers and duties of Director.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Subject to the policies, rules and regulations of the Oklahoma Mining Commission, the Director shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Be responsible for organizing the Department of Mines in a manner efficiently to achieve the objectives of the Commission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Prepare and submit plans for administering the programs of the Commission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Prepare a personnel schedule, employ personnel, define duties, appoint technicians and consultants, and fix salaries or compensation, upon approval by the Commission; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Administer all policies formulated and adopted by the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 4, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-1d. Additional powers and duties of Director.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Director of the Department of Mines with the approval of the Commission shall have and is authorized to exercise the following duties:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To appoint a miner certification advisory council or other such advisory council as may be required to accomplish government functions; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To provide assistance, advice and counsel to the Commission when requested.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any advisory councils shall meet at such times and places as the members may deem most convenient for the transaction of business. A majority of such councils shall constitute a quorum. Each member of such councils shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of official duties with approval of the Director and the Commission as provided in the State Travel Reimbursement Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 308, &sect; 5, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1998, c. 364, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. June 8, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;451e. Oklahoma Miner Training Institute Establishment Faculty and services Director Advisor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. There is hereby established the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute. The Oklahoma Miner Training Institute shall administer miner safety training programs and economic development programs to assist the mining industry in this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Mining Commission shall contract with the Board of Regents of Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton for facilities, faculty and services necessary for the operation of the Institute including, but not limited to, the services of a Director of the Institute and for the development of appropriate curriculum and other services to be offered by the Institute. The Regents of Eastern Oklahoma State College shall appoint a Director for the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Director of the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute shall have knowledge, training, experience and ability consistent with the functions of the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute. Further, the Director shall have been a resident and a qualified elector of this state for a period of at least three (3) years prior to his selection as Director.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Oklahoma Mining Commission shall act in an advisory capacity concerning the operations of the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 308, &sect; 9, operative July 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 235, &sect; 3, operative Oct. 1, 1988. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;451f. Oklahoma Miner Training Institute Duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Miner Training Institute shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Conduct miner safety training programs consistent with the needs of the mining industry within this state and the training requirements of the Oklahoma Mining Commission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Assist and cooperate with the Oklahoma Mining Commission by conducting examinations of students of the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute applying for certificates of competency issued by the Oklahoma Mining Commission; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Assist the Oklahoma Mining Commission in developing ways to expand existing markets and create new markets for coal and noncoal mining operations and to further the economic development of the mining industry.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 308, &sect; 10, operative July 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 235, &sect; 4, operative Oct. 1, 1988. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-1g. Department of Environmental Quality - Regulation of certain mining activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any point source discharge, the disposal of any hazardous waste, as regulated by the Oklahoma Hazardous Waste Management Act, or solid waste, sewage or other wastewater, and any air emission subject to the Oklahoma Clean Air Act, from any mine or mining activity shall be regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 145, &sect; 271, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;452. Certificates of competency Violations Examinations Qualification.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. No person shall act as a mine superintendent, mine foreman, fire boss, shotfirer, certified surface blaster, hoisting engineer or miner without first having obtained a certificate of competency from the Oklahoma Mining Commission. No person shall employ such mine superintendent, mine foreman, fire boss, shotfirer, certified surface blaster, hoisting engineer or miner who does not hold such certificate. Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than One Thousand FiveHundred Dollars ($1,500.00) or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not more than six (6) months, or both.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The examination for a certificate of competency as mine superintendent, mine foreman, fire boss, shotfirer, certified surface blaster or hoisting engineer shall be administered by only employees or advisors of the Department of Mines who also hold equal or higher certificates of competency. The examination shall be sufficient to determine that such applicant fully understands the requirements of the coal mining laws of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Each applicant for mine superintendent, mine foreman, fire boss, certified surface blaster, hoisting engineer or shotfirer shall hold a firstaid certificate issued within one (1) year prior to the date of the examination of the Department by an organization recognized by the Oklahoma Mining Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall hold monthly examinations for certificates of competency as underground miners. Applicants for such certificate may be granted a temporary permit by the Commission until an examination is held by theDepartment in the region in which the applicant resides. Applicants must successfully answer a written or oral examination pertaining to such requirements and qualifications of underground miners as are determined necessary by the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Certificates of competency shall be granted by the Oklahoma Mining Commission to persons who have given the Department satisfactory evidence of their ability to perform the duties and skills as are required for the Council. Previous experience and record of service of the applicant shall have equal weight with the examination.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The minimum experience necessary for certificates of competency are as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Shotfirer 1 year's practical underground&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&nbsp;&nbsp;experience.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Certified surface blaster 1 year's practical&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">experience.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Hoisting engineer 1 year's practical&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">hoisting experience.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Fire boss 2 years' practical underground&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">experience.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Mine foreman 3 years' practical underground&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">experience.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Superintendent 5 years' practical underground&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">experience.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Practical miner 1 year's practical experience&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">as a miner or the equivalent&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">experience as defined by the&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Provided that the underground experience requirement for mine foreman and the superintendent shall not apply to those positions in surface mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. A student who has completed an accredited twoyear or fouryear mining program shall be credited one (1) year of experience toward a fire boss, mine foreman or superintendent certification.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 7; Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 6, eff. Jan. 1, 1986; Laws 1986, c. 308, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;453. Chief Mine Inspector Assistant Mine Inpectors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Chief Mine Inspector shall be a citizen of the United States and shall have been a resident of the State of Oklahoma for the three (3) years prior to his appointment to office. In addition, the Chief Mine Inspector shall have had eight (8) years' actual experience as a practical miner. For the purposes of this section employment as an inspector for the Department of Mines shall be considered practical mining experience. The Chief Mine Inspector shall be appointed by the Governor by and with the consent of the Senate for a term of four (4) years to run concurrently with the term of the Governor. At any time that such office becomes vacant, the Governor shall appoint with the consent of the Senate a successor to complete the unfinished term of office.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Deputy Chief Mine Inspector shall possess the same residency requirements necessary for the Chief Mine Inspector. The Deputy Chief Mine Inspector shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor and shall be under the direction of the Chief Mine Inspector. The Deputy Chief Mine Inspector shall assume all of the duties and responsibilities of the Chief Mine Inspector in the absence of the Chief Mine Inspector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The assistant mine inspectors shall be appointed by and at all times be under the direction of the Chief Mine Inspector. The assistant mine inspectors appointed to inspect underground mining operations shall have a minimum of three (3) years' practical mining experience, and shall have obtained as a minimum a certificate of competency as a mine foreman.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 8. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;453.1. Director of Department of Mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the absence of an appointed Chief Mine Inspector, the Governor shall appoint a Director of the Department of Mines with the advice and consent of the Senate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Director of the Department of Mines shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the Chief Mine Inspector until said Chief Mine Inspector is so appointed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 324, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. July 29, 1985. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;455. Certificates Contents Fees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Certifications required by this title shall be issued under the signature and seal of the Oklahoma Mining Commission. Such certificates shall bear the date of issuance, full name and age of the recipient and shall designate the position for which the recipient is certified by the Commission. Applications for certificates of competency shall be accompanied with the following fees:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">1. Superintendent&nbsp;&nbsp;$20.00&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">2. Mine foreman&nbsp;&nbsp; 15.00&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">3. Fire boss&nbsp;&nbsp; 10.00&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">4. Shotfirer&nbsp;&nbsp; 10.00&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">5. Certified surface blaster&nbsp;&nbsp; 10.00&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">6. Hoisting engineer&nbsp;&nbsp; 10.00&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">7. Practical miner&nbsp;&nbsp; 5.00&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 9; Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 7, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;456. Secretary Record of issue of certificates Effect of certificates Notice and list of names.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Secretary of the Oklahoma Mining Commission shall make a record of the names and addresses of all persons to whom certificates are issued. Certificates of competency when issued as provided for herein, shall entitle the holders thereof to accept and discharge the duties for which said certificates declare them qualified.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Director shall advise the Oklahoma Mining Commission as far in advance as possible the date and place of an examination to be held by the Department, and shall, as soon as examination is completed, furnish the Commission a list of the names of all persons who took the examination and persons successfully completing said examination shall be duly notified.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 8, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;458. Temporary permits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Secretary of the Board may, upon the recommendation of at least two other members of the Board, issue a temporary permit to an applicant for a certificate for mine foreman, fire boss, shot firer or hoisting engineer. Said temporary permit shall be valid only until next meeting of the Board or not to exceed thirtyone (31) days.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 251, p. 324, art. 1, &sect; 8; Laws 1949, p. 294, &sect; 7. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-9.1. Quarrying or mining with use of explosives near schools or churches prohibited - Exceptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, individually or in association with others, to establish, open up, commence or carry on any quarrying operation for stone or stone products wherein blasting is required, or to conduct any other quarrying operations for commercial or industrial purposes requiring the use of powder, dynamite, nitroglycerin or other explosives within a minimum distance established by rule or regulation adopted by the Chief Mine Inspector from any established school, church or other house of worship. This section shall not apply to underground mines or to any quarrying or mining plants already constructed or in actual operation before June 19, 1961.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1961, p. 292, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1982, c. 181, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 20, 1982. Renumbered from &sect; 1370 of Title 21 by Laws 1995, c. 344, &sect; 35, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1982, c. 127, &sect; 1 repealed by Laws 1983, c. 31, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 20, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4521.1. Mining districts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the Chief Mine Inspector to create mining districts for the assistant mine inspectors to carry out their duties under the law. The boundaries of such districts shall be drawn so that the inspection of the mines insures the full compliance with laws related to the health and safety of miners and the reclamation of lands affected by surface mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1981, c. 121, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 28, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4531. Chief Mine Inspector Annual report to Governor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">On or before the first day of August of each year, the Chief Mine Inspector shall submit to the Governor a report on the various systems of mining practiced in the state, methods of mine ventilation, type of machinery employed, and such other matters as may pertain to the general welfare of the public, miners and others connected with mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 10. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4532. Examinations of mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Chief Mine Inspector shall, from time to time, make such examinations of any mine or mines in the state necessary for the proper enforcement of the mining laws.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 251, p. 325, art. 3, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4533. Journal of inspections Official communications Equipment and material.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Chief Mine Inspector shall keep in his office a journal or record of all inspections, examinations and work done under his administration, and a copy of all official communications and he is hereby authorized to procure, at the expense of the state, such apparatus, instruments and chemicals as may be found necessary for the proper discharge of his duties under this Act. The Legislature shall, from time to time, when necessary, appropriate such funds as may be necessary for the purchase of such equipment and material. All books, records, apparatus, instruments and chemicals pertaining to his office shall be the property of the state and shall be delivered by him to his successor in office and the same shall be exhibited to any and all interested persons at all reasonable times.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 251, p. 325, art. 3, &sect; 3. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4534. Office Property of state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Chief Mine Inspector shall have an office at the seat of government in which he shall keep the maps and plans of all mines in the state and all records, correspondence, papers, apparatus and other property belonging to the state pertaining to his office. All such property shall be kept in accessible and convenient form, in a fire proof vault convenient to his office and furnished by the state, for reference by persons entitled to examine them. The Chief Mine Inspector shall not permit such maps, plans, records and papers to be removed from his office.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 251, p. 326, art. 3, &sect; 4. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4537. Withdrawal of person's from dangerous mine Violations Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Chief Mine Inspector or assistant mine inspector is authorized to temporarily withdraw all persons from a dangerous mine or portion thereof. Any owner, operator, lessee or agent who impedes, hinders, or obstructs, either directly or indirectly, the Chief Mine Inspector or assistant mine inspector from carrying out duties required by this section, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) or imprisoned in the county jail for not more than thirty (30) days, or both.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any mine employee who neglects to comply with an order of the Chief Mine Inspector or assistant mine inspector temporarily withdrawing persons from the mine, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisoned in the county jail not more than thirty (30) days, or both.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 11. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4540. Obstruction of inspectors Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every person who willfully obstructs the Chief Mine Inspector or district mine inspector, in the execution of his duties under this Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction he shall be punished as hereinafter provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 251, p. 328, art. 3, &sect; 10. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4541. Disputes between operators and miners.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In case of dispute between operators and miners on the proper interpretation of rules, regulations, and laws in relation to mines and subjects relating thereto and providing for the health and safety of persons employed therein, and the dispute is filed in formal written form with the Department of Mines, the Chief Mine Inspector shall call a meeting of the Mining Board to review the dispute. An opinion of the proper interpretation of the disputed rule, regulation, or law, concurred in by a majority of the Mining Board, shall be binding upon the mining department to enforce, and the operators and miners must abide by the opinion unless the opinion of the Mining Board is at variance with an opinion of interpretation by the Attorney General of the intent of the rule, regulation, or law. In case the opinion of the Attorney General is at variance with the opinion of the Mining Board, then all parties must abide by the opinion of the Attorney General, except that all parties shall have recourse to courts of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In case operators or miners shall file formal written charges with the Department of Mines that any law or laws in relation to mining and subjects relating thereto and providing for the health and safety of persons employed therein have been violated, the Chief Mine Inspector shall call the parties involved before the Mining Board to hear the evidence for and the defense against said charges. By majority vote the charges are valid and true.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1965, c. 262, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 23, 1965. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4543. Legal assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Chief Mine Inspector is hereby authorized to employ two (2) attorneys as needed, within the total employee limit authorized, on a full or parttime basis, to advise the Chief Mine Inspector and other agency personnel on legal matters and to appear for and represent the Chief Mine Inspector in administrative hearings and other legal actions and procedures. Provided it shall continue to be the duty of the Attorney General to give his official opinion to the Chief Mine Inspector and to prosecute and defend actions therefore, if so requested.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1982, c. 266, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. May 14, 1982; Amended by Laws 1985, c. 324, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. July 29, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4544. Special counsel in certain proceedings involving Attorney General.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the Attorney General shall seek redress on behalf of the state as provided for in the Administrative Procedures Act, the Oklahoma Mining Commission is empowered to appoint a special counsel for such proceedings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 10, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4545. Study of mining laws Recommendations and proposed legislation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In addition to its other powers, the Oklahoma Mining Commission is authorized and directed, within the limits of funds available to it, to engage in a continuing study of the mining laws of this state, and of changes therein required in order to carry out to the greatest practicable extent the policies, goals, objectives and recommendations of the Commission, and to make recommendations and prepare proposed legislation for such purposes. Such recommendations and proposed legislation shall, as they are completed, be filed with the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 11, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4546. Market study and sulfur emissions standards study Recommendations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Mining Commission is authorized and directed, within the limits of funds available to it, to study ways to expand existing markets and create new markets for Oklahoma coal and other minerals, to study the impact of sulfur emission standards on burning of Oklahoma mined coal, and to make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature for such purposes in a current and updated report by February 1, 1988.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 12, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 119, &sect; 1; Laws 1987, c. 208, &sect; 88, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1987, c. 236, &sect; 93, emerg. eff. July 20, 1987. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-46.1. Acid mine drainage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Environmental Quality, in cooperation with the Department of Mines is authorized and directed, within the limits of federal funds available to the Department of Environmental Quality or any funds available to the Department of Mines, to study ways to remediate acid mine drainage produced from abandoned coal mines within this state, which the Legislature hereby finds to be a significant water pollution and water quality problem. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Mines shall evaluate existing projects among local, state and federal government agencies, and educational institutions, which address acid mine drainage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any local, state, and educational institution within this state implementing water quality projects which pertain to acid mine drainage shall coordinate and cooperate with the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Mines to implement the provisions of this section. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Mines shall make every effort to obtain full cooperation and coordination from any federal agency which implements any project pertaining to acid mine drainage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 351, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;4547. Funding of activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Funding for the Oklahoma Mining Commission's activities shall be derived from funds appropriated to the Department of Mines for operating expenses. Funds required for any third party studies called for by a majority vote of the Commission members shall come from contributions by the mining and related industries, public and foundations, as well as those funds made available by the Department of Mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 239, &sect; 13, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-48. Borrow pits - Jurisdiction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Department of Mines shall have jurisdiction over only those borrow pits which are located on property permitted as commercial mining operations pursuant to Title 45 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 232, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45221. Not to be employed in mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In no event shall convicts ever be employed in any mines in this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 251, p. 340, art. 16, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45361. Terms defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When used in this title the following terms, unless otherwise defined, shall be construed to have the following meaning:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Coal" means lignite, subbituminous, cannel, bituminous, semibituminous, semianthracite, anthracite and asphaltic minerals or other hydrocarbons recovered by mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Mine" means a quarry, an underground or surface excavation and development with or without shafts, slopes, drifts or tunnels, for the extraction of coal or minerals, with hoisting or haulage equipment and appliances for the extraction of coal or minerals, and shall embrace any and all of the land or property of the mining plant, and the surface and underground, that contribute directly or indirectly to the mining properties, concentration or handling of coal or minerals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Minerals" means asphalt, clay, copper, granite, gravel, gypsum, lead, marble, salt, sand, shale, stone, tripoli, volcanic ash and zinc, or any other substance commonly recognized as a mineral and includes ores or rock containing any such substances but excludes oil, gas and any other mineral found naturally in a liquid or gaseous state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1982, c. 296, &sect; 12. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-395. Repealed by Laws 1998, c. 364, &sect; 38, emerg. eff. June 8, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45406. Establishment Research Supervision Cooperation with federal agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby established at McAlester, Oklahoma, a coal experiment station where there shall be carried on research in the mining of coal, more uses of coal and other matters affecting the coal industry. Such station shall be under the supervision of the Chief Mine Inspector who is hereby authorized to employ and fix the duties and compensation of such personnel, and to incur other expenses as he deems necessary to carry on such research; and he may accept and use grants of Federal funds and other gifts for such purpose. He shall cooperate with the U.S. Bureau of Mines and other federal agencies in carrying on such research.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1957, p. 423, &sect; 1, eff. May 31, 1957. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45411. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The words defined in this section shall have the following meaning when found in this act, towit "mines" mean mines in the State of Oklahoma wherein lead, zinc or other metals are sought or produced. "Operator" means the person, individual or corporation charged with the responsibility of management and control of mining. "Mine Inspector" means the Chief Mining Inspector of this state and the deputy or assistant mining inspector provided by law for the district in which the mining operation is located, except where the context specifies the deputy or assistant mining inspector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 45, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45412. Mine inspectors Duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Mine Inspector of said mines in addition to other duties and powers herein conferred, shall be and he is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to examine carefully all places and conditions where employees work in said mines. Where said Mine Inspector finds a condition existing in any of said mines either on the surface or underground, which makes the said mine a dangerous, unsafe or unusually unhealthful place for employees to work he shall, subject to the right of review hereinafter provided, serve notice in writing on the operator of said mine so affected, specifying in detail the things to be done to correct such condition making said mine a dangerous, unsafe or unusually unhealthful place for employees to work. This notice shall specify the time in which such required acts shall be done by the operator of said mine. A failure or refusal of said operator to correct the condition existing in said mine as set forth in the written notice of said Mine Inspector or as modified on review in accordance with the further provisions of this act shall be a misdemeanor and punished as hereinafter provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 46, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45413. Mine inspector to require compliance with act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the Mine Inspector of said mines to see that the provisions of this act are complied with and to require the operators of said mines to meet the requirements of this act. His demands shall at all times be in writing delivered to the operator and specifying therein the things or acts to be done.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 46, &sect; 3. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45414. Examination and inspection of mines Time and manner.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the Mine Inspector from time to time to enter and examine any and all said mines in the State of Oklahoma and to inspect any and all machinery and equipment used in connection therewith, either underground or on the surface and including any mill, concentrating plant or tailing mill used in preparation of the product for market. And the operator shall at all reasonable times, while in operation, upon request furnish necessary facilities for such entry and examination. Such inspection shall be done at a time and in a manner so as not to obstruct or hinder the operation of said mine or mines except that in case of emergency where the life or safety of employees is in imminent peril, the Inspector shall make immediate examination and it shall in such case of emergency be the duty of the operator upon request of the Inspector to furnish the use of any installed equipment for his assistance in making said examination. A failure of said operator to perform any duty imposed in this section shall be a misdemeanor and be punished as such as hereinafter provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 46, &sect; 4. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45415. Dangerous conditions Additional shafts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Mine Inspector is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to thoroughly inspect all underground excavations in all said mines as often as the Inspector may deem proper, to ascertain the condition of said underground excavations with respect to the safety of all employees working in such underground excavation; and, if after such examination the Inspector shall find that the safety of the employees engaged in working in such excavations is imperiled by reason of there being only one shaft or outlet by which a distinct means of ingress and egress is always available to such employees, it shall be the right and duty of such Inspector to immediately notify the operator of such mine, in writing, specifying the particular underground excavations so found to be dangerous, and direct the operator to, within thirty (30) days after receiving such notice, commence to sink another shaft or provide another outlet for such underground excavation and prosecute the sinking of such shaft or the securing of another outlet with all due diligence until the same is completed. And the Mine Inspector aforesaid shall have the power if he deems it for the safety of the employees, to order the operator of said mine to withdraw all employees engaged in working in such underground excavations so found to be unsafe or dangerous, until such other shaft or outlet shall have been completed, or until further notified by such Inspector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 46, &sect; 5. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45416. Health of employees Underground excavations Ventilation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Mine Inspector is hereby authorized, empowered, and directed to thoroughly inspect all underground excavations in all said mines as often as he may deem proper, from and after the passage and approval of this act, and ascertain the condition of such underground excavations, and, if after such examination, the Inspector shall find in any such mine or mines that the health of the employees is impaired by reason of there not being sufficient circulation of air or ventilation for such employees, it shall be the duty of such Inspector to immediately notify the operator of such mine or mines, in writing, specifying the underground excavations so found to be unhealthful, and direct such operator of such mine to, within fifteen (15) days after receiving such written notice, commence to drill a sufficient number of holes to such underground excavation, or to sink a shaft to connect with such underground excavation, or to make drift connection with a contiguous mine, as may furnish a sufficient ventilation for such mine or mines and to prosecute the work of correcting such defect in ventilation, with all due diligence until completed. And the Inspector shall have the power where and when the condition as aforesaid is such as to be injurious to the health of said employees, if he deems it for the best interest of the employees engaged in working in such underground excavations, so affected by such notice, to require all work and operations in such mine or mines to cease until such defect in ventilation shall have been corrected, or until further notified by such Inspector. During the process of shaft sinking fresh air shall be supplied from the surface. During the process of drifting or development for ventilation, forced ventilation shall be provided and sufficient ventilation shall be supplied in all dead ends. Where operations are carried on at a shaft not connected with any mine or shaft, ventilation shall be supplied from the surface by means of a fan through a conductor down the shaft or down one or more drill holes connected with the underground workings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 47, &sect; 6. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45417. Dust Water lines Sprinkling attachments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Mine Inspector is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to thoroughly inspect all underground excavations in all such mines as often as such Inspector may deem proper, for the purpose of ascertaining or discovering in the air in any such mine or mines the presence of dust in such quantities as shall be injurious to the health of the employees engaged in working in such underground excavations; and upon finding dust in the air of any such mine or mines in quantities exceeding three hundred particles per cubic centimeter, as shall tend to injure the health of the employees of such mine, such Inspector shall immediately notify the operator of such mine or mines, in writing, specifying the underground excavation so found to contain dust particles in excessive amounts, as aforesaid in the air thereof, and such operator of such mine or mines shall within fifteen (15) days after receiving such written notice, provide, install, and equip, and thereafter at all times maintain in such mine, a water line fully equipped, and in good serviceable working order and repair, leading up to the face of any and all drifts where dust is produced, or so close to the face of said drifts so that by the use of a suitable hose extension or sprinkling attachments to be supplied by the owner or owners of said mine, the mineral or earth in and adjoining the face of the drift or drifts of such mine can be sprinkled or wet by water from said pipeline; thereupon and thereafter, every person drilling, squibbing or blasting in said mine shall keep the face, surface, and drill holes in said drifts or drift wet or moist by the use of water from said water line to such an extent in such a way as shall prevent, as far as possible, any dust raising from the working of any such face, or from the drilling, blowing, or shooting of any hole or holes; and the ground foreman in charge of the underground workings in any such mine or mines, so equipped with a water line, shall require all ground or dirt after being shot or blasted to be thoroughly wet or sprinkled to such an extent as shall prevent, as far as is practicable any dust from arising therefrom, while the employees are at work therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 48, &sect; 7. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45418. Loss of life or injury Duty of operator and inspector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever loss of life or serious personal injury shall occur in or about any said mines, it shall be the duty of the operator having charge of such mine to report said loss of life or injury without delay to the deputy mine inspector in whose district such mine is situated; and the said inspector shall if he deem it necessary immediately go to the scene of said accident and render such assistance as he may deem necessary for the safety of the men; and the said inspector shall investigate and ascertain the cause of such loss of life or injury and make a report thereof to the Chief Mine Inspector of the State of Oklahoma, a copy of which he shall preserve with the other records of his office.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 48, &sect; 8. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45419. Shaft hoisting engineers Age and experience Duties Loading and unloading.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All shaft hoisting engineers handling men or material must be over twentyone (21) years of age, familiar and experienced with hoisting engines of the design which he is to operate and must have been examined by a reputable physician and be able to show certificate of health from said physician, showing no physical or mental conditions or symptoms that might cause a loss of faculties so as to interfere with the safe and efficient performance of his duty at all times. It shall be the duty of the hoisting engineer to watch over all machinery, including hoisting rope or cable, in his charge and ascertain that all the equipment and conditions are in conformity with the law. In the event of any defect in such equipment, or violation of the law concerning same, he shall immediately report same to the mine superintendent or other person in charge of the mine operation. The hoisting engineer shall, at the beginning of his shift and at the middle of his shift, inspect his hoist equipment, particularly as to the brakes and clutch and test same by at least one complete hoisting trip before men are allowed to enter the tub or shaft conveyance. Where a station man or tub hooker is used in any shaft, it shall be his duty to supervise the loading and unloading of men or material at the bottom of the shaft, and he shall supervise the signaling to the hoisting engineer. The loading and unloading of men at the top of the shaft at the beginning and end of each shift shall be supervised by an employee of the operator.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 48, &sect; 9. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45420. Mine shafts Signaling methods Hoisting regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">At all mine shafts there shall be two effective methods of signaling between the surface and the bottom of the shaft and one of such methods shall be a telephone or speaking tube. In hoisting or lowering men to the bottom of the shaft the hoisting engineer shall in all cases give a return signal; and calling, or rapping on metal shall not be accepted as a method of signaling. The hoisting speed shall not exceed five hundred (500) feet per minute when hoisting or lowering men; and no man shall be hoisted above the ground level of the shaft except in case of inspection or repair. And in no case shall more than four men be allowed to ride in a hoisting can or tub at one and the same time; and men shall not be lowered with a loose drum. At the bottom of the shaft, and at each landing in the shaft there shall be installed adequate "skiddoo" or warning signals. No person shall give wrong signals intentionally, or ride on the shaft conveyance without having first given the hoisting engineer the man hoist signal unless such man signal shall have been given by the station man or tub hooker.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 49, &sect; 10. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45421. Shaft collars Cribbing and timbering Pipes and air lines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All shaft collars shall extend at least eight (8) inches above the immediate surrounding surface and be provided with a clear and stable footing and hand rail on two sides of the shaft. A sufficiently tight fence with a gate to permit access shall inclose the shaft to prevent persons or animals from reaching the shaft collar, and such gate shall be kept closed when access to the shaft is not necessary. The collar of the shaft shall be sufficiently lighted at all times when in use. All shafts sunk after the adoption of this act shall be cribbed or timbered continuously from the top of the shaft to the bottom of the cribbing or timbers. All pipes, air line, and conduits running down the shaft shall be securely fastened. All shaft pumps shall be securely covered. When the ends of tools or material project above the top of the shaft conveyance, the ends shall be securely fastened to the cable, or placed in a receptacle. When electric or compressed air operated hoisting engines are used in sinking shaft, shooting or blasting shall be done by means of an electric battery or current. All abandoned shafts, air shafts, drill holes, and shafts not used for an extended period of time, shall be securely plugged, cased, covered or fenced.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 49, &sect; 11. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45422. Code of signals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following code of signals is hereby prescribed when men are being lowered or hoisted, and all said mines shall use same: Two signals to lower men: Three signals to hoist men: Additional signals to meet local conditions and not in conflict with the above, may be added and used by individual operators.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 50, &sect; 12. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45423. Hoisting equipment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The hoisting equipment shall be of such kind and in such condition as to as nearly assure certainty of operation and ease of control at all times, as is practicable. If electric power be used for hoisting, the hoist shall be equipped with an auxiliary safety brake. All hoisting derricks where swinging dump is used, constructed after the date of the passage and approval of this law, shall be so constructed that at no time during the hoisting operations shall the fastening of the cable to the hook approach nearer than thirtysix (36) inches to the sheive. All hoisting sheives installed after the date of the passage and approval of this law, shall be equipped with a shaft the diameter of which shall be to the conveyance load hoisted not less than one (1) inch to each six hundred (600) pounds per conveyance load. Nonspin wire rope shall be used for hoisting men and material, with a safety factor of six required on new rope based on manufacturer's tables and maximum dead load. Said hoisting rope to be discarded for hoisting purposes when there are six broken wires in one rope lay, or when the wires on the crown are worn sixtyfive percent (65%) of the original diameter. All hoisting hooks shall be of some safety type, and if standard snap hook is used it shall be made of not less than one and onehalf (1 1/2) inch Highgrade iron, and the hook shall be attached to the hoisting cable with thimble and three or more standard clamps, such clamps to be at least eight (8) inches apart.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 50, &sect; 13. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45424. Explosives Storage, transportation, handling and use.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">At all said mines in this state, all explosives shall be stored in a magazine placed far enough away from hoisting derricks to insure their remaining intact to case of explosion. All explosives in excess of the amount required for the work of one shift shall be kept in such magazine. Powder other than the shifts requirements shall not be stored in underground workings; provided, however, where such mines are located in densely populated areas, and then only with the permission of the deputy mine inspector, explosives may be stored underground in a suitable place selected by the said inspector, but in no event shall more than three (3) days normal requirements at the particular mine be so stored underground. No explosives shall be transported on or in any electric or gasoline locomotive, or in the car next to these locomotives. Detonators or caps shall not be stored or transported with other explosives. Mechanical loading devices, first found to be safe for the miners who work in said mine by the assistant mine inspector, and such finding is approved by the Chief Mine Inspector, or woodloading sticks or tamping bars protected with copper ferrules and copper spike must be used when loading holes. All blasting caps shall be crimped onto fuse by regulation crimper. Powder delivered to top of shaft shall be lowered into ground immediately. Explosives must not be taken from any mine without the consent of the foreman in charge. Open lights must not be used in powder magazines or detonator magazines. Explosives stored in ground must be so stored as not to cut off passage of men to shaft in case of explosion occurring. No employee shall return to a drift, heading, shaft, or tunnel, or other place where a shot has failed to explode until a period of at least thirty (30) minutes has elapsed after firing; all failed shots to be promptly reported to foreman by employees. No employees other than those employed in shaft sinking shall ride any can, bucket or hoisting apparatus carrying explosives. No shooting or blasting shall be done from the time the man shift goes on until the man shift goes off, except in extreme case for the protection of life.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 50, &sect; 14; Laws 1957, p. 424, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45425. Sanitary drinking devices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every operator of said mines in this state, employing ten or more men, shall provide sanitary drinking devices for the use of their employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 51, &sect; 15. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45426. Closets or toilets.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of every operator of said mines in this state, employing ten or more men, to provide dry closets or toilets on all mine working levels for the use of all men employed in the mine. At least one such closet or toilet shall be provided for every twentyfive (25) men so employed. Ready means of access to each such toilet shall be provided. No such closets or toilets shall be constructed without adequate provisions for effectual cleansing of the contents thereof; and they shall be kept in a sanitary condition and the contents shall be removed, to the surface, and disposed of at least once each week. The mine foreman shall cause each of such closets or toilets to be supplied with some disinfectant or deodorizer to be sprinkled on the contents. It shall be the duty of all men employed within any mine where such closets are provided to use them exclusively when in the mine; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to any mine where the operator requires or permits men to go to the surface for such purpose.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 51, &sect; 16; Laws 1933, c. 34, p. 73, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45427. Dressing room Washing conveniences.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of every operator of any said mines in the State of Oklahoma, to provide and maintain a room or building of sufficient size and dimensions, and properly equipped, for the use of employees of said mines, as a dressing room and for the purpose of changing, keeping and storing their clothes and dinner pails. Sufficient washing conveniences shall be provided in said room or building for the use of said employees, and sufficient benches or seats shall be provided for the use of employees in said room or building; and said room or building shall be properly heated and shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 51, &sect; 17. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45428. Livestock Stables Refuse and waste.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Where livestock is kept underground the construction of the stable shall, as far as practicable, be free from all combustible material. No hay or straw shall be taken into the mine unless same be compressed into compact bales. The stable must be so placed that the air ventilating the same is returned immediately to the main outlet air course, and not allowed to go further into the mine where the men are working. All refuse and waste shall be removed from the stable in the mine and shall not be allowed to accumulate. Stables constructed underground after the passage of this section shall be located not nearer than fifty (50) feet to any opening to the mine used as a means of ingress or egress by employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 52, &sect; 18. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45429. Noon day meal Hoisting apparatus.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All operators of said mines in this state, the work of which is located below the surface of the ground, entrance to which is had by any shaft, cut, or tunnel, shall allow the laborers and miners to come to the surface of the ground for the purpose of eating their noonday meal, or any other meal for which under the rules of any mine a time is designated and set apart; and such operator is hereby required to run his hoisting apparatus to the surface of the ground for the purpose of carrying any such miner or laborer, who may be going to or retuning from any such aforementioned meal, free of cost to any such miner or laborer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 52, &sect; 19. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45430. Map or plan of mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator of said mines in this state shall make or cause to be made, at the discretion of the Mine Inspector of the District in which said mine is located, an accurate map or plan of the workings of such mine and deposit a true copy of said map or plan with the Mine Inspector of the District wherein may be located the said mine; which said map or plan shall be so filed or deposited within three (3) months after the time when this act shall take effect, and a copy of such map or plan shall be also kept for inspection at the office of said mine; and during the month of January of each year, or as soon thereafter as practicable, the said operator shall furnish the District Mine Inspector with a further map or plan of the progress of the workings of such mine, continued from the last report to the end of the month of December next preceding; and when any mine is worked out or abandoned that fact shall be reported to the Inspector and the map or plan of such mine shall be furnished the Mine Inspector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 52, &sect; 20; Laws 1975, c. 90, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45431. Traveling way Cans or tubs Hoisting.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The bottom of every shaft of each of said mines shall be supplied with a traveling way to enable men to pass from one side of the shaft to the other, and without passing through or directly under the shaft opening. No cans or tubs shall be hoisted where the rock or ore projects nearer than three (3) inches of the top of said can or tub when leaving the bottom of said shaft.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 52, &sect; 21; Laws 1933, c. 33, p. 72, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45433. Eighthour day Emergencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No operator of said mines shall permit or require their employees to work at such labor or industry under ground longer than eight (8) hours in a day of twentyfour (24) hours; and it is hereby declared that eight (8) hours shall constitute a day for all laborers or employees engaged in underground labor in said mines, however, in case of emergency, this section shall not be construed so as to prohibit the employer from requiring employees to continue working beyond the end of the shift for such length of time as the emergency may reasonably require; provided that within five (5) days thereafter the operator shall in writing notify the deputy mine inspector of such event.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 53, &sect; 23. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45434. Orders of Mining Inspector Review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any order made by the Mining Inspector under the provisions of this or any other act pertaining to or affecting any mine or mines or the operation thereof, wherein the issuance thereof is within the discretion of the Mining Inspector and the doing or omitting of the specific act required in said order is not by the provisions of law made mandatory upon the operator of said mine or mines, may, upon application by the operator of said mine or mines so affected, or any other interested person, to the district court in the judicial district in which the mine or mines affected may be located, be reviewed, modified, affirmed, or canceled by said court or the judge thereof in vacation upon a hearing being had thereon.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Said applicant for a review of said order shall file with the clerk of said court a petition against said Inspector issuing said order setting forth in concise language the order complained of and the objections thereto. Upon the filing of said petition the clerk of said court shall issue summons against said Mining Inspector as in other civil actions except that same may be lawfully served and jurisdiction obtained by service in any county of this state where said mining inspector may be found. Jurisdiction of the person when so served and subject matter is hereby conferred on said court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Upon the district court acquiring jurisdiction, as aforesaid, said court or the judge thereof in vacation shall proceed as in other civil cases to hear and determine the controversy presented by the order complained of, the objections set forth in the petition and any answer filed thereto by said Mining Inspector. The burden shall be on the applicant to show the order unreasonable or unnecessary. Upon a hearing thereof, the said court or the judge thereof from the evidence introduced shall enter a judgment affirming, modifying or canceling said order as the reasonableness of or necessity therefor may appear. Said district court or the judge thereof, in vacation, may at the time of filing said petition or subsequent thereto suspend the operation of said order complained of pending final determination upon a showing of reasonable necessity therefor and on such terms as said court or judge may impose. Either party may appeal from the final judgment of said court or judge to the Supreme Court of this state as in other civil cases.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 53, &sect; 24. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45435. Neglect or failure to perform requirements Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The neglect, failure or refusal to perform or comply with the authorized requirement of said Mining Inspector, acting under the provisions of this act, by any firm, association, corporation, person or parties required to perform them, shall be a misdemeanor, and where the duty so neglected, failed or refused to be performed is required of a corporation, then its officer or agent in charge of the mine, shall be guilty, as hereinbefore provided for in this section, and shall upon conviction thereof be punished by a fine of not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) provided, that as to duties imposed by the Mining Inspector taken before the said district court for review, this section shall not apply except as to, from and after the order finally promulgated by order of said district court and provided further this section shall not apply to an operator who has ceased mining operations and the working of men except such as are necessary to dewater and preserve the mine involved.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1929, c. 42, p. 54, &sect; 25. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45436. Open mine shafts Covering Approval Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person, firm or corporation, who knowingly maintains, uses or abandons an open vertical mine shaft wherein lead, zinc or other metals have been sought or produced, without covering suitably, or surrounding such installations with protective fencing, or plugging and filling, the particular method used to be approved by the Chief Mine Inspector's Department, shall be deemed negligent as a matter of law and shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or imprisoned for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1955, p. 188, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45437. Interference with protective covering devices Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person, firm or corporation found guilty of destroying, removing, or damaging or otherwise interfering with the fencing, or other protective devices approved by the Chief Mine Inspector, as provided in Section 1 hereof, shall be fined not less than Twentyfive Dollars ($25.00) or more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1955, p. 188, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45441. Use of engines equipped for detoxification permitted Approval of use Inspections Suspension or discontinuance of use.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The use of diesel engines equipped for detoxification in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the U.S. Bureau of mines may be used in lead, zinc, and other metal mines in this state. Provided, the use of such engine or engines in any such mine is first found to be safe for the miners who work in said mine, by the assistant mine inspector, and such finding is approved by the Chief Mine Inspector and provided further, that the diesel engine or engines and the safety equipment thereon to be used in any such mine shall also have been approved for use in such mine, by the assistant mine inspector, and such finding is approved by the Chief Mine Inspector. The assistant mine inspector and the Chief Mine Inspector, in issuing any such approval, shall follow the rules and regulations and recommendations of the U.S. Bureau of mines. The assistant mine inspector shall make periodical inspections to determine whether such engines in such mines are emitting fumes which make it unsafe for such engines to be used. The assistant mine inspector or the Chief Mine Inspector shall have the authority to order that conditions be remedied, and to suspend the use of such engines in any mine, or to order the discontinuance altogether of such engines in any such mine. Such orders shall be enforced as other orders of such officers are enforced.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1947, p. 302, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45442. Use of engines not meeting standards prohibited.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful to use or to order or permit the use of any diesel engine in any lead, zinc or other metal mine in this state at any time which is not equipped with detoxification equipment and other safety devices meeting the standards set forth in the rules and recommendations promulgated by the U.S. Bureau of Mines, or when such detoxification equipment and other safety devices on the engine is defective, or not in perfect working order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1947, p. 303, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45461. Necessity of certificate of competency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for any person in this state to act as mine manager, superintendent, pit boss, hoisting engineer, or fire boss without first having obtained a certificate of competency from the State Mining Board hereinbefore provided for. A violation of the provisions of this act shall be deemed a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00), nor more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than ten (10) days nor more than thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, however, that the provisions of this act shall not apply to lead, zinc, jack, gold, silver or copper mines, and shall not apply to the employees of such mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3939; Laws 1913, c. 90, p. 146, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45462. Granting of certificates.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Before the State Mining Board shall grant a certificate of competency for any of the positions mentioned in the preceding section, they shall require satisfactory evidence, by oral examination, or otherwise, of the fitness of the applicants to fill such positions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3940. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45463. Certificate from other states.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Board may exercise its discretion in issuing certificates (but not without examination) to persons presenting proper credentials or certificates issued by competent authority in other states.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3941. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45464. Contents of certificates.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Certificates of competency shall be issued under the signature and seal of the State Mining Board, to applicants who receive a rating above the minimum fixed by the rules of the Board. Such certificates shall contain the full name, age, and place of birth of the recipient, and the length of time and nature of his previous service in or about coal mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3942. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45465. Fees for issuing certificates.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person making application to the State Mining Board for a certificate of competency as mine manager or superintendent, shall accompany said application with a fee of Two Dollars and fifty cents ($2.50), as a fee for examination, and shall be required to pay an additional fee of Two Dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) when said certificate is issued; and any person making application to said Board for a certificate of competency as pit boss or hoisting engineer, shall accompany said application with a fee of Two Dollars ($2.00) for such examination, and shall be required to pay an additional fee of Two Dollars ($2.00) when the said certificate is issued; all persons making applications to the State Mining Board for certificates of competency as fire boss as provided in this act, shall accompany said application with a fee of One Dollar ($1.00) as a fee for such examination, and shall be required to pay One Dollar ($1.00) when said certificate is issued.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3943. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45466. Record of issuance of certificates.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Board shall make and preserve a record of the names and the addresses of all persons to whom certificates are issued.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3944. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45467. Effect of certificates.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A certificate of competency shall entitle the holder thereof to accept and discharge the duties for which he is thereby declared qualified at any mine where their services may be desired.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3945. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45468. Power to revoke certificates.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Board shall have power to revoke any certificate, for incompetency, intoxication or other sufficient cause: Provided, that any person against whom charges are made shall have ten (10) days' written notice from the Board, and shall have opportunity to be heard in his own behalf.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3946. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45476. Inspectors may arrest whom.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Chief Mine Inspector and each of his assistants are hereby empowered to act as police officers, with full power to arrest and detain any person found violating any provisions of the law relative to mining, or engaged in any attempt to violate any such law or part thereof, or against whom there is found any evidence of a previous violation of such law: Provided, however, that no such person shall be detained for any period of time longer than twentyfour (24) hours without warrant or the filing of a charge against him in a court of competent jurisdiction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3952. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45477. May stop mining, when.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Such inspector, and each of his assistants, shall also have power to immediately stop the operation of any mine or part thereof where any dangerous or unlawful conditions are found: Provided, however, that where conditions exist justifying him to do so, he may grant a reasonable length of time for making repairs: And provided, further, that where any stops are enforced, such inspector and each of his assistants shall have the power subsequently to allow such mine or part of mine to be reopened when the dangerous or unlawful conditions have been remedied, or removed, so that they no longer exist.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3953. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45478. Penalty for obstruction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every person who willfully obstructs the Chief Inspector or his assistant inspectors in the execution of his or their duties, and every owner, agent, lessee or manager of a mine who refuses or neglects to furnish to the Cheif Mine Inspector or his assistants, the means necessary for making entry, inspection, examination or inquiry, as herein provided in relation to such mine shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, he shall be punished as hereinafter provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3954. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45501. Maps of mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The owner, agent, lessee or operator of every coal or other mine, shall make, or cause to be made by a competent mining engineer or surveyor, an accurate map or plan, of such mine, no smaller than on a scale of two hundred (200) feet to an inch, which map shall show as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) All measurements of said mines in feet or decimal parts thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) All openings, excavations, shafts, tunnels, slopes, planes, main entries, rooms, and other parts, in proper numerical order in each opening or stratum of coal in said mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(c) The directions of the air currents, when practicable, by darts, or arrows, marked thereon.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(d) An accurate delineation of the boundary lines between said mine and all adjoining mines or coal lands where owned or operated by the same operator or other operators, and the relation and proximity of the workings of said mine to any other adjoining mine or coal land.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(e) The bearings and lengths of each tunnel, or entry, or the boundary of property lines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The said map or plans, or a true copy thereof, shall be kept in the general mine office by the said operator or superintendent for the use only of the mine officials and mine inspectors, and for the inspection of all persons working in said mines whenever said person or persons shall have cause to fear that any working place is becoming dangerous by reason of its proximity to other workings that may contain water or dangerous gas.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3955. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45502. Maps to be corrected every six months.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">At least every six (6) months, or oftener if necessary, the operator, owner, lessee, or agent of each mine shall cause to be shown accurately on the map or plan of said mine, all the excavations made therein during the time elapsing since such excavations were last shown upon said map or plan, and all parts of said mine, which were worked out or abandoned during said elapsed period of time, shall be clearly indicated by colorings on said map or plan, and whenever any of the workings or excavations of said mine have been driven to their boundary, a correct measurement of all such workings or excavation shall be made promptly and recorded in a survey book, prior to the removal of the pillars or any part of the same from such workings or excavations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3956. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45503. Mine inspectors to be furnished copies of maps.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator or superintendent of every mine shall furnish the mine inspectors of the district in which said mine is located with a correct copy, on tracing muslin or sunprint, of the map or plan of said mine hereinbefore provided for, and the inspector of the district shall at the end of each year, or twice a year, if he requires it, return said map or plan to the proper person at any particular mine, whose duty it shall be to place or cause to be placed, on said map or plan all extensions and worked out or abandoned parts of the mine during the preceding six (6) or twelve (12) months, as the case may be, and forward the same to the district mine inspector within thirty (30) days from the time of receiving it. When any mine is worked out or abandoned, the operator or superintendent shall furnish the mine inspector, within thirty (30) days, with a correct plan of said mine on tracing muslin or cloth, which plan shall clearly show all the worked out or abandoned territory, together with all property and boundary lines, elevations, and other things required by this article. The copies of the maps or plans of the several coal and other mines in each district, as hereinbefore required to be furnished to the mine inspector, shall remain in the care of the inspector of the district in which the said mines are situated, as strictly official records, to be transferred by him to his successor in office.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3957. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45504. Penalty for failure to furnish map copies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any superintendent or operator of mines shall neglect or fail to furnish to the mine inspector any copy of maps or plans as hereinbefore required by this Act, or, if the mine inspector shall believe that any map or plan of any coal or other mine made or furnished in pursuance of the provisions of this act, is materially inaccurate or imperfect, then in either case, the mine inspector is hereby authorized to cause a correct survey and map or plan of said mine to be made at the expense of the operator thereof, the cost of which shall be recoverable from said operator as other debts are recoverable by law: Provided, that when the inspector shall cause a new survey and map or plan of any such mine, and it is found that the map or plan furnished by the operator was substantially correct, then the cost of the survey, map or plan, caused to be made by the inspector, shall be paid by the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3958. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45505. Conduct of developments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the preparation of maps of the territory being, or to be, developed in mining operations, it shall be the duty of the operator, where practicable, to furnish the district inspector prospective plans suitable to the coal seam and adjacent strata, for the safe economic extraction of coal or other mineral. It shall be the duty of the operator to see that the developments are systematically conducted to preserve the health, safety and welfare of the employees and to prevent the unnecessary leaving of coal or other mineral in the ground.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3959. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45506. Ventilation Construction of air and hoisting shafts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for the operator or superintendent, mine foreman or other person, to employ more than ten persons in any coal or other mine, or permit more than ten persons to be employed therein at any one time unless they are in communication with at least two available openings to the surface from each seam or stratum of coal or other mineral worked in such mine: Provided, that in any mine operated by shaft or slope and ventilated by a fan placed at the second opening, and said second opening is a slope or shaft, it may be used as an airway and for a traveling way into and from the mine, and if the said second opening is a shaft through which the employees travel into and from the mine, by reason of a stairway, or are regularly lowered into and hoisted from the mine by the use of machinery and such shaft is divided by suitable material into two compartments while developing or opening the mine up, to the ten men as hereinbefore, one of them may be used for an airway and the other for the purpose of ingress and egress into and from said mine; and further provided, that any fan shaft hereafter divided into compartments for the purpose of ventilation, and ingress and egress into and from the mines or any divided partition now in use that may hereafter be replaced, wholly or in part, shall be constructed of noncombustible material. And there shall be cut around the bottom of all hoisting shafts, or driven through the solid strata a traveling way not less than five (5) feet high and three (3) feet wide, to enable persons to pass from one side of the shaft to the other without passing over or under the cage or other apparatus, and there shall be cut around all other shafts a traveling way to save the necessity of passing under the shaft.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3961. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45507. Openings to be separated by natural strata.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all shaft mines the openings to the surface hereinbefore provided for shall be separated from each other by natural strata at all points by a distance of not less than one hundred fifty (150) feet, and at all mines worked by slope openings, the distance separating openings shall not be less than fifty (50) feet of natural strata: Provided, that in any mine opened heretofore the distance between said openings may be less, if the mine inspector of the district shall deem it impracticable to comply with the foregoing requirements. Where the two openings shall not have been provided as hereinbefore required, the mine inspector shall cause the second opening to be made in every mine without delay and in no case shall furnace ventilation be used where there is only one opening into the mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3962. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45508. Shaft not more than seventyfive feet deep.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When the opening or outlet other than the main opening is a shaft and does not exceed seventyfive (75) feet in vertical depth, and is used by the employees for the purpose of ingress and egress from the mine, it shall be kept in a safe and available condition and free from steam and dangerous gases and all other obstructions, and shall be fitted with safe and convenient stairs, with steps of an average tread of ten (10) inches, and ten (10) inches raise, not less than two (2) feet wide and not to exceed an angle of fortyfive (45]lsco]lsc) degrees descent, with landings ofnot less than eighteen (18) inches wide and four (4) feet long, at easy and convenient distances, and water coming from the surface or out of the strata in the shaft shall be conducted away by rings, cases or otherwise, and be prevented from falling upon persons who are ascending or descending the stairway of the shaft.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3963. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45509. Hoisting machinery in shaft over seventyfive feet deep.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When any mine is operated by a shaft which exceeds seventyfive (75) feet in vertical depth, the persons employed in said mine shall be lowered into and raised from said mine by means of machinery, and where the employees are lowered into and hoisted from the mines at the main shaft opening, the other shaft shall be supplied with safe and suitable machinery for hoisting and lowering persons, or with safe and convenient stairs for use in cases of emergency by persons employed in said mine: Provided, that any mine operated by two shafts, and where safe and suitable machinery is provided at both shafts for hoisting coal or other mineral, or persons, as herein provided for, shall have sufficiently complied with the requirements of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3964. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45510. Angle of traveled slope.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">At any mine where one of the two openings as required herein, is a slope and is used as a traveling way, it shall not have a greater angle of descent than twenty degrees (20o) and may be of any depth.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3965. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45511. Inspection of hoisting equipment and stairs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The ropes, chains, machinery and all of its connections used for lowering or raising the employees into or out of the mines, and the stairs used for ingress and egress shall be kept in a safe condition, and inspected once every twentyfour (24) hours by a competent person provided by the mine operator for that purpose, who shall make a daily record of such inspection in a book provided for that purpose, and such machinery and the method of its inspection shall be approved by the mine inspector of the district in which the mine is situated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910 Sec. 3966.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45512. Safety equipment for shafts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator or superintendent shall provide and maintain from the top to bottom of every shaft, where persons are raised or lowered, a metal tube suitably adapted to the free passage of sound through which conversation may be held between persons at the top and bottom of said shaft, and also a means of signaling from the top to the bottom thereof, and shall provide every cage or gear carriage used for the hoisting or lowering of persons with a sufficient overhead covering to protect those persons when using the same and shall provide also for each said cage or carriage a safety catch approved by the mine inspector, and the said operator or superintendent shall see that flanges with clearance of not less than four (4) inches when the whole of the rope is wound around the drum, are attached to the sides of the drum of every machine that is used for lowering persons into or hoisting them out of the mines, and also, that adjacent brakes are attached to the drums: Provided, that the rope shall be left around the drum at least two and onehalf (2 1/2) times when the cage is at the bottom. At all shafts, safety gates to be approved by the mine inspector of the district, shall be so placed as to prevent persons from falling into the shaft.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3967. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45513. Quality and testing of chains.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The main coupling chain, attached to the socket of the wire rope, shall be made of the best quality of iron and shall be tested by weights, or otherwise, to the satisfaction of the mine inspector of the district where the mine is located, and the bridle chains shall be attached to the main hoisting rope above the socket from the top cross piece of the carriage or cage so that no single chain shall be used for lowering persons into or hoisting them out of the mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3968. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45514. Number of persons lowered or hoisted at one time.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No greater number of persons shall be lowered or hoisted at any one time than may be permitted by the mine inspector of the district, and notice of the number so allowed to be lowered or hoisted at any one time shall be kept posted up by the operator or superintendent in conspicuous places at the top and bottom of the shaft, and the aforesaid notice shall be signed by the mine inspector of the district.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3969. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45515. Inspection Guard railings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The ropes, chains, machinery and all of its connections used at the operating shaft and slope mines, where the employees are lowered into or hoisted from the mine, and the same used on all gravity and inclined planes, shall be inspected and a record made of said inspection in the same manner as provided for in Section 3966. At all mines all machinery from which any accident might occur shall be properly fenced off by suitable guard railings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3970. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45516. Ventilation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator of every coal or other mine, whether shaft, slope or drift shall provide and hereafter maintain ample means of ventilation affording not less than one hundred fifty (150) cubic feet of air per minute, for each and every person employed therein, and seven hundred fifty (750) cubic feet of air per minute for every animal employed therein; but, in a mine where fire damp has been detected, the minimum shall be two hundred (200) cubic feet per minute for each person employed therein, and as much more in either case as one or more of the mine inspectors may deem requisite, and the ventilation shall be conducted through the main cross entries and all other working places, so as to dilute and render harmless and expel therefrom the noxious and poisonous gases, and all working places shall be kept clear of standing gases.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45517. Number working in same air current Fans and furnaces Stoppings between intake and return airways.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Not more than fortyfive persons shall be permitted to work in the same air current and mines where ten or more persons are employed shall be provided with a fan or other artificial means to produce the ventilation, but no furnace shall be used where mines generate gases in dangerous guantities, and all stoppings between main intake and return airways hereafter built or replaced shall be substantially built of suitable masonry, or concrete which shall be approved by the inspector of the district.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3972. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45518. Ventilating fans and doors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All ventilating fans shall be kept in operation night and day unless operations are indefinitely suspended, except written permission is given by the mine inspector of the district to stop the same, and the said written permission shall state the particular hours the said fan may not be in operation, and the mine inspector shall have the power to withdraw or modify such permission as he may deem best, but in all cases the fan shall be started three (3) hours before the time for work to begin, and such written permission to stop the fan shall not apply to fans in use at mines wherein explosive gas is generated. When the fans may be stopped by the permission of the mine inspector, a notice printed in the various languages used by persons employed in the mine, stating at what hours the fan will be stopped and the time it will again be set in motion, shall be posted by the mine foreman in a conspicuous place at the entrance or entrances to the mine: Provided, that should it at any time become necessary to stop the fan on account of accident or needed repairs to any part of the machinery connected therewith, or by reason of any other unavoidable cause, it shall then be the duty of the mine foreman, or any other official in charge, after first having provided for the safety of the persons employed in the mine, to order said fan to be stopped so as to make the necessary repairs or to remove any other difficulty that may have been the cause of its stoppage, and all ventilating furnaces in mines shall be started three (3) hours before the appointed time to begin work and during working hours be properly attended by a person employed for that purpose; in mines generating fire damp in sufficient quantities to be detected by the ordinary safety lamps, all main breakthroughs between slopes and aircourses, airbridges or overcasts shall be built of masonry or other noncombustible material of ample strength, or be driven through the solid strata. In all mines the doors used for guiding and directing the ventilation of the mine shall be so hung and adjusted that they will close themselves, or be supplied with springs or pulleys so that they cannot be left standing open, and an attendant shall be employed at all doors, through which cars are hauled, for the purpose of opening and closing said doors when trips of cars are passing to and from the workings, unless approved selfacting doors are used which doors shall be determined by the mine inspector and mine foreman. A hole for shelter shall be provided at each door, so as to protect said attendant from being run over by the cars while attending to his duties; and persons employed for this purpose shall at all times remain at their post of duty during working hours: Provided, that the same person may attend two doors where the distance between them is not more than one hundred (100) feet. At all principal doors and every inclined plane or roadway in any mine where haulage is done by machinery, and where a door is used, an extra door shall be provided to be used in case of necessity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3973. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45519. Mines to be kept free from gas.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All mines generating fire damp shall be kept free of standing gas in all working places and roadways. No accumulation of explosive gas shall be allowed to exist in the workedout or abandoned parts of any mine. It shall be removed as soon as possible after its discovery, and no miners or other persons who are not employed in the removal of the dangerous accumulation, shall be allowed to remain in any mine, or part of mine, during the time that a dangerous accumulation of explosive gas is being removed from any part of the mine, and the entrance or entrances to be worked out and abandoned places shall be properly fenced off and cautionary notices shall be posted upon said fencing to warn persons of danger.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3974. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45520. Inspection for gas.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all mines wherein explosive gas is generated, and also in all mines where the fire damp has generated, in sufficient quantities to be detected by the ordinary safety lamp, every working place without exception, and all roadways shall be carefully examined immediately before each shift by a competent person, who shall be known as the fireboss, appointed by the superintendent and mine foreman for that purpose. The person or persons making such examination shall use no light other than that enclosed in a safety lamp while making such examination. In all cases, said examination shall be begun within the shortest possible period of time necessary to complete such inspection before the regular time appointed to commence work, but in no case shall said examination be begun more than three (3) hours prior to the appointed time of each shift in commencing work, and it shall be the duty of the said fire boss to examine for all dangers likely to be found, and after each examination to leave at the face and sides of every place so examined, evidence of his presence, and he shall at each examination, inspect the entrance, or entrances, to the worked out or abandoned parts, which are adjacent to the roadways and working places of the mines where fire damp is likely to accumulate, and in every working place and all other places where explosive gas is discovered, also where immediate danger is found to exist from other causes he shall place a danger signal across the entrance to such places, which shall be a sufficient warning for all persons not to enter said place.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3975. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45521. Danger signals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The fire boss shall at each entrance to the mine, or to the main intake airway, near to the mine entrance, prepare a permanent station with the proper danger signals designated as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">X(DATE OF MONTH)X&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">and it shall not be lawful for any person or persons, except the mine officials in cases of necessity, and such other persons as may be designated by them, to pass beyond said danger station, until the mine has been examined by the fire boss as aforesaid, and the same, or certain parts thereof, reported by him to be safe; and in all mines where operations are temporarily or indefinitely suspended, the superintendent and mine foreman shall see that a danger signal be placed at the mine entrance, or entrances, which shall be a sufficient warning to persons not to enter the mine, and if ordinary circulation of air through the mine be stopped, each entrance to said mine shall be securely fenced off and a danger signal shall be displayed upon said fence, and any workman or other person (except those persons hereinbefore provided for) passing beyond any danger signal into the mine before it has been examined and reported to be safe as aforesaid, also any person passing beyond any danger signal placed at the entrance to a working place, or any other place, in the mine without permission of the mine foreman, his assistant or his fire boss, shall be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00), or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment; and it shall be the duty of the fire boss, mine foreman, or superintendent to forthwith prosecute such person, or persons, before the proper legal authority, or to notify the mine inspector, who shall enter proceedings against such person.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3976. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45522. Electric wires to be insulated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all mines where electricity is, used as a part of the system, power or means of mining and procuring the coal or other mineral therefrom, the owners, or operators thereof shall cause all wires conducting electricity in and about said mines, to be carefully and thoroughly insulated or protected in a safe manner, so that the persons or animals coming in contact therewith, shall not be injured; all wires as aforesaid shall either be thoroughly insulated or placed where persons employed in or about the mines cannot come in contact therewith, or shall be covered, protected or shielded in a safe manner so as to prevent any injuries or accidents therefrom to those in or about the mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3977. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45523. Machines to be shielded Electric pumps.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In mines where mining machines are used, each machine shall be equipped and provided with a sufficient shield for the protection of those employed in or about said machines or in the use and operation thereof, and said shield shall be kept in use constantly while said machine is being operated. All electric pumps inside of the mine shall receive careful attention. While in use at a permanent pumping station, such pumps shall be placed in a fireproof shed, constructed of masonry walls.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45524. Use of oil and grease.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The oiling or greasing of cars inside of the mines is strictly forbidden, unless the place where said oil or grease is used is thoroughly cleansed once every day to prevent the accumulation of waste oil or grease on the roads or in the drains at that point. Not more than one (1) barrel of lubricating oil shall be permitted in the mine at any one time. No explosive oil shall be used or taken into the mines for lighting purposes except when used in approved safety lamps, and oil shall not be stored or taken into the mines in quantities exceeding five (5) gallons. Only pure oils, as free from smoke as pure animal oil shall be sold or used for illuminating purposes in any mine. Any person selling for use in mines, or any person using, explosive or impure oils in any mine contrary to this section, shall be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00), or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment. For special convenience, the operator shall keep on hand a supply of pure oil for illuminating purposes, to comply with the requirements of this section, when requested to do so by a majority of the miners working therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45525. Precautions in dangerous workings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In any place that is being driven towards, or in dangerous proximity to, an abandoned mine or part of mine, suspected of containing inflammable, noxious or poisonous gases, or which may be inundated with water, boreholes shall be kept not less than twelve (12) feet in advance of the face and on the sides of such working places, said side holes of the same depth shall be drilled diagonally, not more than eight (8) feet apart, and at any place driven to tap water or gas, shall not be more than ten (10) feet wide, and no water or gas, from an abandoned mine, or part of a mine, and no boreholes from the surface shall be tapped until the employees, except those engaged at such work, are out of the mines, and such work is to be done under the immediate supervision of the mine foreman.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3980. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45527. Precautions against dust or explosive matter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In case any entry, or room in any coal mine in this state is so dry that the air becomes clogged with dust, the operator, owner, lessee or agent, or whoever is operating said mine in any capacity, shall have such entry, airway or room, regularly and thoroughly sprinkled, sprayed and dampened with water, so that the air will not be charged with dust, or if that be impracticable, then the dust shall be removed from the mine and shall not be deposited in any place in the mine where it would be again distributed in the atmosphere by the ventilating currents. It shall be the duty of the district inspector to enforce all possible preventative measures necessary to maintain the safety of all persons employed in any mine against the gathering or accumulation of any combustible matter that is explosive in its nature, and shall cause the operator, or whosoever is operating such mine as owner, lessee, agent, or in any capacity, to immediately remove any such accumulated matter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3982. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45528.1. Water on cutter bars and rock drills Use required.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In order to promote the safety in coal mines by eliminating the hazards of rock dust in coal mines, it is hereby made the duty of every person or persons, partnership, association, corporation, owner, operator and/or lessee of any coal mine in this state to employ and use water on the cutter bars on all mining machines while cutting rock in said mines, and on all rock drills while drilling in said mines in rock. Rotary roof or rock drills must use water or an approved type dust collector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1947, p. 303, &sect; 1; Laws 1965, c. 262, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. June 23, 1965. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45528.2. Violations by mine owners, operators, etc.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person or persons, partnership, association, corporation, owner, operator and/or lessee of any coal mine in this state, who shall violate the provisions of Sections 528.1, 528.2, and 528.3 of this title, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined in any sum not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00), nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), and each separate instance of the violation of this act, either by the cutting machines or rock drills, shall be deemed a separate offense.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1947, p. 303, &sect; 2; Laws 1965, c. 262, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. June 23, 1965. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45528.3. Violations by miners and persons operating drills or machines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is hereby also unlawful for any person, miner, operator of a rock drill or machine runner to operate either a mining machine when cutting or drilling in rock without water on cutter bar or rock drill contrary to the provisions of Sections 528.1528.3, and any such person so doing shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not less than Twentyfive Dollars ($25.00), nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), and each separate operation shall constitute a separate offense.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1947, p. 303, &sect; 3; Laws 1965, c. 262, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. June 23, 1965. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45529. Workers' compensation coverage Penalties Exceptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(A) Any person or persons, partnership, association, corporation, owner, operator and/or lessee of any mine in this state must comply with the workers' compensation laws of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(B) Any violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine of not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Provided the provisions of this act shall not apply to production of limestone and sand or gravel from open pits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1965, c. 262, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. June 23, 1965. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45561. Mine foreman general duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every operator shall employ a competent and practical inside overseer for each mine employing ten or more persons inside, to be called mine foreman, who shall have charge of the inside operations of the mine, and shall see that the provisions of this chapter, are strictly enforced. Said mine foreman, or in case of his necessary absence, an assistant chosen by him, shall devote the whole of his time to his duties in the mine when in operation, and shall keep a careful watch over the ventilating apparatus and the airways, traveling ways, timbering, pumps and drainage, and shall often instruct and as far as possible see, that as the miners advance their excavations, all dangerous slate and rock overhead are taken down or carefully secured against falling therein, or on the traveling and hauling ways, and that sufficient props, caps and timbers of suitable size are sent into the mine when required, which props shall be cut square at both ends, and as near as practicable to a proper length for the places where they are to be used, and which props, caps and timbers shall be delivered to the working force by company men.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3983. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45562. Foreman's duties as to timbers and drainage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The mine foreman shall see that all miners in said mine are supplied at all times with such timbers, props and cap pieces as are necessary to keep their working places in a safe condition. Such timbers to be sawed square as near as possible in proper length to fit the working place. All such timbers, props and cap pieces shall be delivered at the face of the miners working place in said mine by company men. Timbers in this section shall mean all wood to be used by said miner, and if from any cause, the timbers cannot be supplied where required, the said mine foreman shall instruct the persons to vacate all said working places until supplied with the timber needed, and shall see that all water be drained or hauled out of all working places before the miner enters, and as far as practicable, kept dry while the miner is at work. The term "company men" as used in this chapter, shall mean those employed regularly as day hands and paid by shift wages.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3984. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45563. Duty as to ventilation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the mine foreman to see that the proper breakthroughs are made in all the room pillars at such distances as in the judgment of the mine inspector may be deemed necessary for proper ventilation, but not more than thirty (30) feet apart where gas exists and in no case more than forty (40) feet apart, and the ventilation shall be conducted through said breakthroughs into rooms by means of check doors made of canvas, or other suitable material, placed on the entries or in other proper places, and he shall not permit any room to be opened in advance of the ventilating current, or when the rooms already made are not connected. He shall also see that the air current is conducted to the face of all the entries, airways, rooms and other advance workings, so as to dilute and render harmless all noxious and poisonous gases. Should the mine inspector discover any room, entry, airway or other working places being driven in advance of the air current contrary to the requirements of this section, he shall order the workmen working in such places to cease work at once, until the law is complied with.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3985. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45564. Shelter holes and manways to be provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all hauling roads, on which hauling is done by animal power, and whereon men have to pass to and from their work, holes for shelter, which shall be kept clear of obstruction, shall be made at least every thirty (30) yards and be kept whitewashed, but shelter holes shall not be required in entries from which rooms are driven at regular intervals not exceeding fifty feet (50) where there is a space of four (4) feet between the car and rib. But in no case shall men be permitted to travel to and from their work on hauling roads where hauling is done by machinery, and where such hauling is done there shall be a manway provided for men to travel to and from their work. Said manway shall be six (6) feet in width and five (5) feet in height, and shall be kept clear of all obstructions, and shall be properly timbered.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3986. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45565. Air current to be measured weekly.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The mine foreman shall measure the air current at least once a week at the inlet and outlet, and at or near the faces of the entries, and shall keep a record of such measurements. An anemometer shall be provided for this purpose by the operator of the mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3987. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45566. Daily examination.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The mine foreman shall give prompt attention to the removal of all dangers reported to him by the fire boss, or any other person working in the mine, and the said mine foreman, or his assistant, shall visit and examine every working place therein at least once every day, while the miners of such places are, or should be at work, and shall direct that each and every working place be properly secured by props or timbers, and that no person shall be directed or permitted to work in an unsafe place, unless it might be for the purpose of making it safe.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3988. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45567. Assistant mine foreman.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Where the mine workings are so extensive that the mine foreman is unable personally to carry out all the requirements of this chapter, as pertaining to his duties, he shall give his personal attention to any part or parts of the mine where he may deem it necessary, and the operator shall employ a competent person or persons to act as his assistant or assistants, who shall act under his instructions in carrying out the provisions of this act, and in all mines where firedamp is generated, the said assistant or assistants shall possess the same qualifications as the mine foreman.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3989. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45568. Assistants for mine foreman.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is hereby provided that at any time where conditions are such as to render it impossible for the mine foreman, in person, to perform the duties imposed upon him by the mining laws of the State of Oklahoma, the company shall employ a competent and able assistant who shall represent the mine foreman and assist in performing the duties imposed by law upon such foreman, and such assistant shall be required to hold a certificate of competency as gas man or mine foreman, provided that this act shall not apply to and operate to control, govern or affect in any way the work and operations in surface or strip mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1913, c. 125, p. 242, &sect; 15. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45569. Mine foreman to keep record Rules and notices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The mine foreman shall each day enter in a record book the conditions of the mine clearly stating any danger that may come under his observation during the day. He shall also state whether he has a proper supply of material on hand for the safe working of the mine and whether all requirements of the law are strictly complied with. He shall sign each record. Once a week he shall enter, or cause to be entered, plainly with ink in said book a true record of all air measurements required by this chapter. Such books shall at all times be kept at the mine office for examination by the mine inspector of the district and any person working in the mines. All printed rules and notices (1) regulating the stoppage of ventilation fans, (2) regulating the number of persons to be lowered and hoisted on cages at any one time at shaft mines, also all record books required by this chapter shall be approved by the Chief Mine Inspector, and it shall be the duty of the superintendents and mine foremen to see that said rules, notices and record books are properly cared for.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3990; Laws 1969, c. 269, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 21, 1969. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-570. Additional duties of mine foreman.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The mine foreman shall attend personally to his duties in the mine and carry out all the instructions set forth in this chapter, and see that the regulations prescribed for each class of workmen under his charge are carried out in the strictest manner possible, and see that any deviations from or infringements of any of them are promptly adjusted.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. He shall cause all stoppings along the airways to be properly built.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. He shall see that the entries at such places, where road grades necessitate, are supplied with sprays or brakes to be used to allow the driver to pass his trip safely and keep clear of the cars thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. In case of accident to a ventilating fan or its machinery whereby the ventilation of the mine would be seriously interrupted it shall be his duty to order the men to immediately withdraw from the mine and not allow their return to their work until the ventilation has been restored, and the mine has been thoroughly examined by him or his assistant and reported to be safe.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. He shall see that all dangerous places are properly fenced off and proper danger signals plainly shown on the fencing. He, or his assistant shall also travel and examine all air roads and shall make a record of their condition in the daily record book, at least once each week, and examine all openings that give access to old workings as often as it is necessary to insure safety.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. He shall, on blank forms provided by the Chief Mine Inspector for the purpose, within ten (10) days after their occurrence, report to the mine inspector, all fatal and serious accidents occurring in or about the mines, giving age, nationality, and occupation of the injured persons, together with the facts as to the families or dependents affected, and such other facts as he may deem material, but he shall, as hereinbefore provided, give immediate notice of all fatal accidents.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 3991.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45571. Duties of the fire boss.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The fire boss shall enter the mine before the men have entered it and before proceeding to examine the same, he shall see that the air current is traveling in its proper course and then he shall proceed to examine the workings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. He shall not allow any persons, except those duly authorized, to enter or remain in any part of the mine through which a dangerous accumulation of gas is being passed in the ventilation current from any other part of the mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. He shall frequently examine the edge and accessible parts of new falls and old gobs and air courses, and shall strictly conform to all the requirements of this chapter, relative to his duties, and he shall report at once any violation of this chapter to the mine foreman.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3992. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45572. Fire boss to keep record of examinations Removal of dangers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A suitable record book with printed headlines, approved by the Chief Mine Inspector, shall be kept at every mine, and immediately after each of the examinations of such mine made by the fire boss or bosses, a record of the same shall be entered in said book, signed by the person or persons making such examinations, which shall clearly state the nature and location of any danger which may have been discovered. The fire boss of the mine or mine foreman shall remove the danger or cause the same to be removed, as far as practicable; and the mine foreman shall also each day carefully countersign all reports entered by the fire boss or fire bosses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3993; Laws 1969, c. 239, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 21, 1969. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45573. Operators to employ shotfirers Time for firing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All owners, lessees, operators or any other persons having the control and management of any coal shaft, drift, slope or pit in this state, employing ten or more miners to work therein, shall employ shotfirers at operators expense, to fire the shots therein. Said shots shall be fired at the end of each shift, but not until all miners and other employees, working therein, are out of said mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3994. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45574. Firing shots in violation of statute Punishment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any miner, or other person, who shall fire any shot in violation of the preceding section shall be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00), nor more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00), or imprisonment in the county jail, not to exceed thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3995. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45575. Taking explosives in and out of mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All explosives taken into the mine shall be delivered at the working place of each miner by the company and all explosives shall be taken into the mine before the miner enters and the surplus powder or explosives shall be taken out by the company from each working place before shots are fired; and no explosive shall be taken out of the mine until the end of the shift and all miners have gone out; and the method, where jack, canister, or kegs are used, also the amount per day, shall be determined between the mine foreman and inspector of the district.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3996. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45576. Shotfirers' duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No shotfirer shall enter any mine, for the purpose of firing shots, nor shall any shots be fired until all employees shall have left the mines. No person, other than a shotfirer, shall tamp any hole, and in the process of charging and tamping a hole, where needles are used, no iron or steel pointed needle shall be used; the needle used in tamping the shot shall be made of copper, and the tamping bar shall be tipped with at least five inches of copper.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3997. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45577. Tamping shots.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All holes shall be tamped with fire clay, or other noninflammable material, suitable for use in tamping, and in no case, shall coal drillings, coal dust, or small pieces of coal be used in tamping, and it shall be the duty of the mine owner, operator, lessee or agent of all coal mines to furnish the miner with suitable tamping material, delivered to his working place, to be prepared by the miner and placed at the mouth of each hole ready for the shotfirer to use in tamping.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3998. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45578. Lighting shots.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for any shotfirer to light shots in more than one working place at any one time in any one split of air.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 3999. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45579. Interference with duties of fire bosses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for any person, company or corporation owning and operating any mine in the state or operating as lessee, any mine in this state, or any officer, agent, representative, or mine foreman of such company or corporation or labor organization to interfere, or attempt to interfere in any way with the fire boss, of any mine in this state, in the performance of his duties, or by any sort of threat or threats, or duress, to intimidate, or attempt to intimidate such fire boss in the performance of his duties or by persuasion or promise, or of extending hope of reward in any way to influence such fire boss in the performance of his duties, or to attempt in any way to cause or induce such fire boss to fail or neglect to perform any duty required of him by the mining laws of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1913, c. 125, p. 242, &sect; 16. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45580. Punishment for offense.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A violation of Section 16 hereof, or of any part thereof, shall be a misdemeanor, and any one convicted of such violation shall be fined not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) and not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or imprisoned in the county jail not less than thirty (30) days, and not more than twelve (12) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1913, c. 125, p. 243, &sect; 17. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45601. Eight hours a day's work.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Except in cases of emergency, eight (8) hours shall constitute a day's work underground in all mines of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 4005. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45602. Convict labor prohibited.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In no event shall convicts in this State ever be employed in any coal or mineral mines of this state, other than stone, or such other material as will be necessary for the construction and maintenance of the public highways or public works of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 4006. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45603. Cheating by molesting check numbers on cars.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for any person to change, exchange, substitute, alter or remove any number or check number placed upon any car or pit car in or about any mine in the State of Oklahoma, with intent to cheat or defraud any other person out of the value of his services in mining or unloading the coal or mineral contained in such car or pit car; and it shall be unlawful for any person, with the intent to cheat or defraud another, to place any number or check number upon any car or pit car unloaded by any other person in or about any mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1913, c. 125, p. 241, &sect; 12. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45604. Punishment for offense.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every person who shall violate any of the provisions of Section twelve of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or imprisonment not to exceed one (1) month in the county jail or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1913, c. 125, p. 241, &sect; 13. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45611. Report of superintendent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">On or before the (fifth) day of each month the operator superintendent of every coal or other mine shall send to the mine inspector of the district in which said mine is located, a correct report, specifying with respect to the month preceding, the name of the operator and officer of the mine and quantity of coal or other mineral mined, number of tons of coke manufactured, the number of different employees classified, total number of days worked during the month. The report shall be in such form and give such information regarding said mines as may be from time to time required and prescribed by the Chief Mine Inspector. Blank forms for such reports shall be furnished by the state. Said statistical reports returned to the mine inspector shall on approval by him, be forwarded by him to the Chief Mine Inspector, for compilation and direct entry into the annual, general report of the Chief Mine Inspector to the Governor of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 4008. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45612. Rules to be posted.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All operators of coal or other mines shall keep posted in a conspicuous place the special and general rules embodied in, and made a part of this chapter, defining the duties of all persons employed in and about said mine, which said rules shall be printed in the English language at the expense of the state, and in such other languages as are used by any ten persons working therein, at the expense of the operator. It shall be the duty of the mine inspector to furnish to the operator printed copies of such rules in the English language as are required by this section, and to certify their correctness over his signature; said rules shall be furnished the Chief Mine Inspector by the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 4009. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45613. Emergency supplies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the operators or superintendents to keep at the mouth of the shaft, drift or slope, or at such other place about the mine as shall be designated by the mine inspector, stretchers properly constructed, and woolen and waterproof blankets in good condition for use in carrying away any person who may be injured at the mine, and a sufficient quantity of linseed oil, olive oil, bandages, linen and such other remedial agents as may be prescribed by the county board of health, shall be kept in relief stores in the mine for use in emergency. Bandages shall be kept in all mines. In mines extending a mile or more from means of egress, one or more inside or outside relief stores shall be fitted up under arrangement of the mine officer with the inspector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 4010. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45614. Definition of special terms.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The term "mine committee" as used in this chapter, shall be construed to mean the committee selected by the miners of each mine. The terms "assistant inspector," "district inspector," and "district mine inspector" as used in this chapter, shall be construed to mean "assistant mine inspector." The term "operator" as used in this act means any firm, corporation, association or individual operating any coal or other mine in this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 4013. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45615. Violations of statute as misdemeanors Civil liability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The neglect, failure or refusal to perform any of the duties required by any section of this chapter, by any firm, association, corporation, person or parties required to perform them, shall be a misdemeanor, and where the duty so neglected, failed or refused to be performed is by the terms of this chapter, required of a corporation, then its officer or agent in charge of the mine, shall be guilty, as hereinbefore provided for in this section, and, except as herein otherwise provided, shall upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or imprisonment in the county jail, for a period not exceeding six (6) months, or both such fines and imprisonment; and in addition thereto, such corporation or other mine operator violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be civilly liable to any person injured thereby to the extent of such injury.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 4014. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45616. Construction of sewage or drainage facilities into operating or abandoned mine Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any person shall construct or cause to be constructed for use, after the effective date of this act, any sewer or other method of drainage from any building or dwelling house for the carrying of sewage, offal, refuse or other offensive matter into any portion of any operating or abandoned mine, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to a fine not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and shall be imprisoned in the county jail, not exceeding one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1965, c. 125, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 24, 1965. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45721. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act may be known and cited as "The Mining Lands Reclamation Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45722. Declaration of policy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is hereby declared to be the policy of this state to provide for the reclamation and conservation of land subjected to surface disturbance by mining and thereby to preserve natural resources, to encourage the productive use of such lands after mining, to aid in the protection of wildlife and aquatic resources, to encourage the planting of trees, grasses and other vegetation, to establish recreational, home and industrial sites, to protect and perpetuate the taxable value of property, to aid in the prevention of erosion, landslides, floods and the pollution of waters and air, to protect the natural beauty and aesthetic values in the affected areas of this state, and to protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-723. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever used or referred to in Sections 722 through 738 of this title, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Overburden" means all of the earth and other materials which lie above natural deposits of minerals, and also means such earth and other materials disturbed from their natural state in the process of surface mining;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Mine" means an underground or surface excavation and development with or without shafts, slopes, drifts or tunnels for the extraction of minerals, with hoisting or haulage equipment and appliances for the extraction thereof, and shall embrace any and all of the land or property of the plant, and the surface and underground, that contribute directly or indirectly to the mining properties, concentration or handling of minerals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Mining" means the extraction of minerals from natural deposits by any method or process;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Minerals" means asphalt, clay, copper, granite, gravel, gypsum, lead, marble, salt, sand, shale, stone, tripoli, volcanic ash and zinc, or any other substance commonly recognized as a mineral, and includes ores or rock containing any such substances, but excludes oil, gas and any other mineral found naturally in a liquid or gaseous state;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Underground mining" means those mining operations carried out beneath the surface by means of shafts, slopes, tunnels or other openings leading to the mineral being mined and the extraction of the mineral through such shafts, slopes, tunnels or their openings;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Surface mining" means those mining operations carried out on the surface, including strip mining, auger mining, quarrying, dredging, pumping, or the use of hydraulic methods.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Surface mining shall not include excavation or removal of shale, sand, gravel, clay, rock or other materials in remote areas by an owner or holder of a possessory interest in land for the primary purpose of construction or maintenance of access roads to or on such landowner's property. Surface mining shall not include excavations or grading conducted for forming, onsite road construction or other onsite construction, or the extraction of minerals other than anthracite and bituminous coal by a landowner for noncommercial use from land owned or leased by the landowner; nor mining for commercial purposes conducted under a Limited Use Permit issued by the Department; nor the extraction of sand, gravel, rock, stone, earth or fill from borrow pits for highway construction purposes, so long as such work is performed under a bond, contract and specifications which substantially provide for and require reclamation of the area affected; nor to the handling, processing or storage of slag on the premises of a manufacturer as a part of the manufacturing process. Surface mining shall not include the surface mining of coal or the surface effects of underground coal mining;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Strip mining" means those mining operations carried out by removing the overburden lying above natural deposits of minerals, and mining directly from such natural deposits thereby exposed, but excludes auger mining, quarrying, dredging, pumping or the use of hydraulic methods;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Reclamation" means conditioning affected land to make it suitable for any uses or purposes consistent with those enumerated in Section 722 of this title, and to avoid, minimize or correct adverse environmental effects of mining operations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Box cut" means the first open cut in strip mining which results in the placing of overburden on unmined land adjacent to the initial pit and outside the area to be mined;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Consolidated material" means material of sufficient hardness or ability to resist weathering and to inhibit erosion or sloughing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Operator" means any person, partnership, firm or corporation engaged in and controlling a mining operation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Pit" means a tract of land from which overburden or minerals have been or are being removed in the process of surface mining;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Affected land" means the area of land from which overburden shall have been removed, or upon which overburden or refuse has been deposited, or both;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. "Refuse" means all waste material directly connected with the production, cleaning or preparation of minerals which have been mined by either underground or surface mining method;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. "Ridge" means a lengthened elevation of overburden created in the surface mining process;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. "Peak" means a projecting point of overburden created in the surface mining process;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. "Department" means the office of the Chief Mine Inspector, herein called the Department of Mines and Mining, or such department, bureau or commission as may lawfully succeed to the powers and duties of such department;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. "Director" means the Chief Mine Inspector of the State of Oklahoma or such officer, bureau or commission as may lawfully succeed to the powers and duties of such Chief Mine Inspector;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. "Borrow pit" means the one-time or intermittent extraction of sand, gravel, rock, stone, earth or fill in its natural state, not being mechanically altered to affect its size for government-financed construction purposes. Such work shall be performed under a bond, contract and specifications which substantially provide for and require reclamation of the affected area; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. &ldquo;Dimension stone quarry&rdquo; means a site where natural stone used as building material is excavated and the stones are selected, trimmed, or cut to specified shapes or sizes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. Amended by Laws 1972, c. 231, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979; Laws 1993, c. 232, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2004, c. 194, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004; Laws 2008, c. 188, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 16, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-724. Permits - Limited Use Permits - Applications - Bond - Permit or bond release applications.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It shall be unlawful for any operator to engage in any mining operations in this state without first obtaining a permit or a Limited Use Permit from the Department of Mines for each separate mining operation. The Department shall determine what constitutes a separate mining operation by rules promulgated under the Mining Lands Reclamation Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any operator desiring to engage in limited mining activity may apply for a Limited Use Permit for those mining operations not eligible for a surface mining permit. Application for such permit shall be made upon forms furnished by the Department. The form shall contain a description of the tract or tracts of land and shall include the section, township, range and county in which the land is located. A map shall be attached to the application which accurately outlines and locates the tract of land. A statement that the applicant has the right and power by legal estate owned to mine the land so described shall be included with the application. In addition, the following conditions and requirements shall apply to Limited Use Permits:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The maximum acreage shall be restricted to two (2) acres;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The term of a Limited Use Permit shall not exceed twelve (12) months from the date of issuance;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A Limited Use Permit shall not carry a right of successive renewal;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A Limited Use Permit site must be reclaimed as required by Section 725 of this title within six (6) months following the expiration of the permit term;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. A three-thousand-five-hundred-dollar reclamation bond must be filed with the Department prior to issuance of the permit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Failure to reclaim the site disturbance within the permitted time frame or revocation of the Limited Use Permit will be cause for bond forfeiture or other action as may be ordered by the Department;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The use of processing equipment shall not be approved for a Limited Use Permit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. The use of explosives shall not be approved under a Limited Use Permit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. A processing fee of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) shall accompany the application for a Limited Use Permit; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Mining production shall be reported and paid as required by Section 931 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the above listed conditions and requirements are met, the Department may issue a Limited Use Permit which shall not be subject to the notice and publication requirements as otherwise required by this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. Any operator desiring to engage in surface mining shall make written application to the Department for a permit. Application for such permit shall be made upon a form furnished by the Department. The form shall contain a description of the tract or tracts of land and the estimated number of acres to be affected by surface mining by the operator. The description shall include the section, township, range and county in which the land is located and shall otherwise describe the land with sufficient certainty so that it may be located and distinguished from other lands.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Transmission lines shall be plotted on a location map submitted with the application. A statement that the operator has the right and power by legal estate owned to mine by surface mining the land so described shall be included with the application.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. Any operator desiring to engage in underground mining shall make written application to the Department for a permit. Application for such permit shall be made upon a form furnished by the Department. The form shall contain a description of the tract or tracts of land to be used as refuse disposal areas. The description shall include the section, township, range and county in which the land is located and shall otherwise describe the land with sufficient certainty so that it may be located and distinguished from other lands.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A statement that the applicant has the right and power by legal estate owned to use the land so described as a refuse disposal area shall be included with the application.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Each application for a permit under subsections C and D of this section shall be accompanied by a plan of reclamation of the affected land that meets the requirements of the Mining Lands Reclamation Act. The application shall set forth the proposed use to be made of the affected land, the grading to be accomplished, the type of revegetation, and shall include the approximate time of grading and initial revegetation effort.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Each application for a permit under subsections C and D of this section shall be accompanied by the bond or security meeting the requirements of Section 728 of this title, or proof that such bond or security is still in effect, and a fee of One Hundred Seventy-five Dollars ($175.00) for each permit year, payable at the rate of One Hundred Seventy-five Dollars ($175.00) per year on the anniversary date of the year in which the permit or permit renewal was issued. All application fees shall be submitted to the State Treasurer, who shall deposit them in the Department of Mines Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. 1. Upon the receipt of such application, bond or security and fee due from the operator, the Department may issue a permit to the applicant which shall entitle the applicant to engage in mining on the land therein described in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Department, for the life expectancy of the operation unless the operator is in violation of any state statute or rule of the Department in which case the Department shall take appropriate action against the operator.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. All applications for renewal of existing permits shall be filed prior to the expiration of the existing permit in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. No permit shall be issued except upon proper application and public hearing, if requested.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls6"><span class="cls0">H. 1. a. Upon filing the application with the Department, the applicant shall place an advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation in the vicinity of the mining operation, containing such information as is required by the Department, at least once a week for four (4) consecutive weeks.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;The advertisement shall contain, at a minimum, the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls8"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;the name and business address of the applicant,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls8"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;a description which clearly shows or describes the precise location and boundaries of the proposed permit area and is sufficient to enable local residents to readily identify the proposed permit area. It may include towns, bodies of water, local landmarks, and any other information which would identify the location,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls8"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;the location where a copy of the application is available for public inspection,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls8"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;the name and address of the Department where written comments, objections, or requests for informal conferences on the application may be submitted pursuant to subsection P of this section,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls8"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;if an applicant seeks a permit to mine which includes relocation or closing of a public road, a copy of the county resolution pertaining to the affected county road, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls8"><span class="cls0">(6)&nbsp;&nbsp;such other information as is required by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any property owner or resident of an occupied dwelling who may be adversely affected located within one (1) mile of the mining operation shall have the right to protest the issuance of a permit and request a public hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Department shall notify the surface owners of any hearings in connection with applications or permits in the same manner as the operator is notified.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Such protests must be received by the Department within fourteen (14) days after the date of publication of the newspaper advertisement. If a public hearing is requested, the Department shall then hold an informal hearing in the vicinity of the proposed mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Upon completion of findings after the hearing, the Department shall determine whether to issue or deny the permit, and shall notify all parties of its decision.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Any decision regarding the issuance of a permit under this section shall be appealable when entered, as provided in the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. Each application for a new operation shall contain, where applicable, a list of all other licenses and permits needed by the applicant to conduct the proposed mining operation. This list shall identify each license and permit by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Type of permit or license;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Name and address of issuing authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Identification number or a copy of the application for permits or licenses or, if issued, a copy of the permit or license; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. If a decision has been made, the date of approval or disapproval by each issuing authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An existing operation which does not have on file a list of the applicable licenses or permits with the Department on the date of enactment of this act shall not be out of compliance with the provisions of this section. Any renewal of an existing permit or expansion or amendment to an existing operation upon time of application shall submit a copy of all approved licenses and permits issued by other agencies or jurisdictions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Identifications of all permits and licenses shall include local government agencies with jurisdiction over or an interest in the area of the proposed mining operation including, but not limited to, planning agencies, water and sewer authorities; and all state and federal government agencies with authority to issue permits and licenses applicable to the proposed mining operation, including all state environmental agencies, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service district office, and federal fish and wildlife agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. An operator desiring to have such operator's permit amended to cover additional land may file an amended application with the Department. Upon receipt of the amended application, and such additional bond as may be required under the provisions of the Mining Lands Reclamation Act, the Department shall issue an amendment to the original permit covering the additional land described in the amended application, without the payment of any additional fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">K. An operator may withdraw any land covered by a permit, deleting affected land therefrom, by notifying the Department, in which case the penalty of the bond or security filed by such operator pursuant to the provisions of the Mining Lands Reclamation Act shall be reduced proportionately.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">L. Permits issued to an operator may be transferable to another operator, provided the new operator can demonstrate to the Department, prior to the transfer of ownership, that conditions and obligations required for the permit will be met and the new operator has submitted a performance bond or other guarantee, or has obtained the bond coverage of the original permittee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">M. The perimeter of the permit area shall be clearly marked by durable and recognizable markers or by other means approved by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">N. The Department shall determine the blasting distance to transmission lines by rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">O. 1. If any mining operations where blasting is required occur within the limits of a municipality with a population in excess of three hundred thousand (300,000) according to the latest Federal Decennial Census or within the limits of a municipality within a county with a population in excess of three hundred thousand (300,000) according to the latest Federal Decennial Census, the application for a permit pursuant to subsections C and D of this section shall be accompanied by proof that the operator is in full compliance with all applicable regulations of the municipality. Certified copies of any required municipal permits and any other required written municipal approvals shall be attached to the application when submitted to the Department. No mining permit shall be issued by the Department unless the applicant first complies with the requirements of this subsection. A municipality is not required to reconsider requests denied by the municipality related to the same site unless the municipality determines there has been a material change in the application.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The provisions of paragraph 1 of this subsection shall not apply to existing permitted operations, revisions or amendments thereto, or any application on file with the Department prior to May 25, 2005. In addition, the provisions of paragraph 1 of this subsection shall not apply to any future operation on property directly adjacent to property on which a permitted operation is located, provided that the operation is permitted and the adjacent property is owned or leased by the operator on the effective date of this act. For purposes of this subsection, properties separated by a public road shall be considered to be adjacent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">P. Within a reasonable time, as established by the Department, written comments or objections on permit or bond release applications may be submitted to the Department by public entities including but not limited to the local soil conservation district, with respect to the effects of the proposed mining operations on the environment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Q. Any person having an interest in or who is or may be adversely affected by the decision on a permit or bond release application, or any federal, state or local agency, shall have the right to request in writing that the Department hold an informal conference on the application. The Department shall hold the informal conference within a reasonable time following the receipt of the written request at a location in the vicinity of the proposed or active surface mining or reclamation operation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 221, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 22, 1981; Laws 1982, c. 181, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. April 20, 1982; Laws 1983, c. 139, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 23, 1983; Laws 1989, c. 282, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1989; Laws 1992, c. 113, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 278, &sect; 55, operative Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 2, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 161, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 25, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 61, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1998, c. 351, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 5, 1998; Laws 2003, c. 20, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 31, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 221, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 25, 2005; Laws 2008, c. 6, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 4, 2008; Laws 2008, c. 188, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 16, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1993, c. 232, &sect; 3 repealed by Laws 1994, c. 2, &sect; 34, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-725. Procedure for reclaiming land.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. All affected land other than lands affected by coal mining operations shall be reclaimed as provided in this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The operator shall determine which parts of the affected land shall be reclaimed for forest, pasture, crop, horticultural, homesite, recreational, industrial or other use including food, shelter and ground cover for wildlife.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. All ridges and peaks of overburden created by surface mining shall be graded to a rolling topography traversable by machines or equipment customarily used in connection with the use to be made of the land after reclamation, but such slopes need not be reduced to less than the original grade of the area prior to mining, and the slope of the ridge of overburden resulting from a box cut need not be reduced to less than twenty-five degrees (25) from horizontal. Surface mining operations conducted in the flood plains of streams and rivers and subject to periodic flooding shall be exempt from the grading requirements of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The operator may construct earth dams to form lakes in pits resulting from surface mining operations, provided that the formation of lakes shall not interfere with other mining operations or damage property of others.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The operator shall cover the exposed face of a mineral seam, where significant concentrations of acid-forming materials are present, to a depth of not less than three (3) feet with earth that will support plant life or with a permanent water impoundment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The operator shall grade down the banks of any pits or depressions created by the removal of sand or gravel by surface mining to a degree of slope determined by the Department, which shall give due consideration to the natural topography of the land affected and adjacent lands, the composition of such banks and the most beneficial use of the pits and depressions comprising the affected land after reclamation. If the pits or depressions are deeper than ten (10) feet, the operator may elect to bench the highwall, provided that such benches are not in excess of ten (10) feet in height.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. All affected land except that which is to be covered with water or used for homesites or industrial purposes shall be revegetated by the planting of seeds, plants, trees, shrubs or other plantings appropriate to the use to be made of the land as determined by the operator. No planting of any kind shall be required on any affected land so long as the chemical and physical characteristics of the soil of such affected land are toxic, deficient in plant nutrients or composed of sand, gravel, shale or stone to such an extent as to seriously inhibit plant growth. The Department may prescribe by rules and regulations the required density of such plantings, and may make replanting requirements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Except where prevented by weather conditions, all grading shall be completed within one (1) year after mining of the affected land has been completed. Initial seeding or planting shall be made at the first appropriate time following completion of grading. If the operator is unable to acquire sufficient planting stock of desired species from state nurseries, or acquire such species elsewhere at comparable prices the Department shall grant the operator an extension of time until planting stock is available to plant such land as originally planned.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. In any noncoal mining operation where the type and amount of material removed precludes the filling of the quarry, the Department of Mines shall prescribe necessary measures for the protection of the public and animal life.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. Amended by Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978; Laws 1983, c. 139, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 23, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45726. Refuse disposal areas.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All refuse disposal areas shall be reclaimed or treated or the refuse be contained by the operator to avoid adverse environmental effects.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45727. Inspection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department, or its accredited representatives, may enter upon the lands of the operator at all reasonable times, for the purpose of inspection, to determine whether the provisions of this act have been complied with.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45728. Bond Cash deposit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any bond required to be filed with the Department by the operator shall be in such form as the Director prescribes, payable to the State of Oklahoma, conditioned that the operator shall faithfully perform all requirements of the Mining Lands Reclamation Act and comply with all rules of the Department made in accordance with the provisions of the Mining Lands Reclamation Act. Such bond shall be signed by the operator as principal, and by a good and sufficient corporate surety, licensed to do business in the state, as surety.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The penal sum of such bond shall be determined by the Department and shall depend on the performance requirements of the approved permit. The minimum bond shall be Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In determining the amount of the bond, the Department shall take into consideration the character and nature of the overburden, the future suitable use of the land involved and the cost of reclamation to be required.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A bond shall not be cancelable by the surety except after not less than ninety (90) days' prior written notice to the Department. Bonds may be continued in effect from year to year, and a new bond need not be provided for each permit application. A single bond may cover all of the operator's mining operations in the state. The penalty of the bond or amount of cash and securities, as provided in subsection E of this section, shall be increased or reduced from time to time as provided in the Mining Lands Reclamation Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If the license to do business in the state of any surety upon a bond filed with the Department pursuant to the Mining Lands Reclamation Act shall be suspended or revoked, the operator, within thirty (30) days after receiving notice from the Department, shall substitute for such surety a good and sufficient corporate surety licensed to do business in the state. Upon failure of the operator to make substitution of surety as required, the Department shall have the right to suspend the permit of the operator to conduct operations upon the land described in such permit until such substitution has been made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. In lieu of such bond, the operator may deposit cash government securities, Certificates of Deposit or an irrevocable letter of credit with the Department in an amount equal to that of the required bond on conditions as prescribed by the Department. In the discretion of the Department surety bond requirements may also be fulfilled by using existing reclaimed areas, in excess of cumulative permit or mined acres, that have been completed under the jurisdiction of the Mining Lands Reclamation Act and approved by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Such bond or security shall remain in effect until the mined acres have been reclaimed, approved and released by the Department. If the Department determines that grading has been satisfactorily completed pursuant to the Mining Lands Reclamation Act, the Department may release up to eighty percent (80%) of the penal sum of the bond filed for each acre of land graded. The remaining portion of the bond shall continue in effect until the completion of the requirements pursuant to Section 725 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1982, c. 181, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. April 20, 1982. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-729. Violations - Notice - Hearing - Enforcement - Informing of surface owners.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Mines shall notify the operator and the surety in writing of any claimed violation of the provisions of the Mining Lands Reclamation Act or the rules of the Department. If the alleged violation is discovered as a result of a citizen complaint and the person claiming the violation states in writing the desire that the source of the complaint be kept confidential, the Department shall maintain such information in confidence. If the operator denies the alleged violation, the Department shall hold a hearing on said charges. Said hearing shall be held not less than thirty (30) days from the notice of hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">At such hearing the operator shall have the right to present evidence in opposition to the claimed violation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If upon such hearing the Department shall determine that a violation has occurred, the Department shall make detailed findings of fact and conclusions of law. The surety, if applicable, may perform for the operator.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the operator or surety, if applicable, fails to perform the corrective work required by the Department or fails to properly perform said work, the Department may initiate permit revocation and/or bond forfeiture proceedings. After successful collection of the security required by Section 728 of this title, the Department shall contract for the work to be done consistent with all state requirements. The Department shall not issue any permits to an operator who has failed to perform such corrective work, or has defaulted with respect to the bond or other security required by Section 728 of this title, until such obligations are met by the operator or his surety or agent, as determined by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the Department determines that an entity or individual has mined without a permit in violation of Section 724 of this title, the Department shall assess a fine of up to Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) against the entity, individuals, or agents of said entity. Any agent is jointly and severally liable with its principal for such violation and any resulting fines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department may pursue civil action for relief, including a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order, or any other appropriate order in the district court for the district in which the illegal mining operation is located, in which the entity, individuals, or agents of said entity, have their principal offices, or in Oklahoma County, to enforce any Department action against the entity, individual, or agents. Further, the Department shall be entitled to recover penalties or fines assessed for mining without a permit from the entity, individuals or agents conducting said mining in violation of this title. The Department shall also be entitled to reasonable attorneys fees incurred in enforcing this provision. All monies collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Department of Mines Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In order to fully inform affected surface owners who have filed a complaint of any alleged violations affecting the surface estate by an operator, the Department shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Provide by mail to the affected surface owners who have filed a complaint, a copy of any alleged violations affecting the surface estate issued to the operator within five (5) days after such violation is cited;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Notify the surface owners who have filed a complaint of any hearings in connection to alleged violations affecting the surface estate in the same manner and at the same time as the operator; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Provide surface owners who have filed a complaint with complete information on the disposition of all violations affecting the surface estate cited at the same time the operator is notified.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. Amended by Laws 1978, c. 67, &sect; 1; Laws 1985, c. 339, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. July 30, 1985; Laws 1989, c. 282, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1989; Laws 2005, c. 104, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 26, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45730. Lateral support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the case of strip mining operations which remove and do not replace lateral support, unless pursuant to written agreement between the operator and the adjacent property owner, the top of the consolidated material of the open cut adjacent to the property line of other property not owned or leased by the operator shall, at the time mining is completed, not be closer to such other property line than a distance of twentyfive (25) feet plus one and onehalf (1 1/2) times the depth of such cut as measured from original ground surface to the top of consolidated material.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45731. Maps Release.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall submit to the Department, no later than September 1 following the end of each permit year, a map in a form approved by the Department showing the location of the pit or pits by section, township, range and county, with such other description as will identify the land which the operator has affected by mining during such permit year and has completed mining operations thereon, with a legend upon such map showing the number of acres of affected land. Such map shall also show in acres the extent of the reclamation accomplished on the affected land, including grading and revegetation efforts, as of the end of the permit year, and shall show by appropriate designation any deviation from the plan of reclamation filed under subsection (c) of Section 724 of this title and the reasons therefor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever an operator shall have completed all requirements under the provisions of this act as to any affected land, he shall notify the Department thereof. If the Department determines that the operator has completed reclamation requirements and achieved results appropriate to the use for which the area was reclaimed, the Department shall release the operator from further obligations regarding such affected land and the penalty of the bond shall be reduced proportionately.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971; Laws 1972, c. 231, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45732. Powers and duties of Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In addition to the duties and powers conferred on the Department in other provisions of this act, the Department shall have authority and power to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) Adopt and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations respecting the administration of this act and in conformity therewith and the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) Order, after hearing, the revocation of any permit issued hereunder for violation of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(c) Cause to be instituted, in any court of competent jurisdiction, legal proceedings for injunctive or other appropriate relief to enforce this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(d) Make investigations and inspections which are necessary or appropriate to insure compliance with this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(e) Collect and disseminate information relating to reclamation of affected lands.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(f) Request the assistance of any federal or state agency for technical advice or any other type of assistance deemed necessary to carry out the purposes of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45733. Legal assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">At the request of the Department the Attorney General shall provide such legal assistance as may be needed in interpreting, enforcing and carrying out the provisions of this act including but not limited to institution of and prosecuting legal actions and proceedings for injunctive relief and this improvement shall include the provisions of Section 17 hereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45734. Chief Mine Inspector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any act authorized to be done by the Department may be performed by the Chief Mine Inspector, or an assistant designated by him.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45735. Sand and gravel Inspections Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department is designated as the agency to make safety inspections in sand, sand and gravel and in quarrying operations. Any person required by this act to have a permit who engages in mining without a valid permit therefor issued pursuant to this act is guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00). Each day of operation without the permit required by this act shall be deemed a separate violation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45736. Revoked permits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In no event shall a permit be issued to any operator if a permit issued to such operator has been revoked under Section 12 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45737. Governmental agencies to conform.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any municipal or county governmental agency or body engaged in mining as defined in this act shall conform to all requirements of this act respecting reclamation of affected lands.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45738. Judicial review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All final decisions and orders of the Department shall be subject to judicial review of the acts of administrative agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1971, c. 332, &sect; 18, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45740.1. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act may be cited as the "Oklahoma Abandoned Mine Reclamation Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1981, c. 185, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 19, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45740.2. Legislative findings Purpose.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Legislature finds that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Congress of the United States has enacted the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, 30 U.S.C. Sections 1201 et seq., hereinafter cited as the "federal act", which provides for the establishment of a nationwide program to regulate surface coal mining and reclamation and which vests exclusive authority in the Department of the Interior over the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation within the United States.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Section 101 of the federal act, 30 U.S.C. Section 1201, contains the finding by Congress that because of the diversity in terrain, climate, biologic, chemical and other physical conditions in areas subject to mining operations, the primary governmental responsibility for developing, authorizing, issuing and enforcing regulations for surface mining and reclamation operations subject to that act should rest with the states.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. It is therefore declared to be the purpose of this act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To promote the reclamation of mined areas left without adequate reclamation prior to the enactment of the federal act and that continue, in their unreclaimed condition, to substantially degrade the quality of the environment, to prevent or damage the beneficial use of land or water resources or to endanger the health or safety of the public;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To assure that the rights of surface landowners and other persons with a legal interest in the land or appurtenances to the land are protected from previously unregulated surface coal mining operations; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To prevent the adverse effects to society and the environment resulting from previously unregulated surface coal mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1981, c. 185, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 19, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45740.3. Powers and duties of Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">To accomplish the purposes of this act, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, hereinafter cited as the "Commission", shall have the authority:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To adopt, amend and enforce rules pertaining to reclamation operations consistent with the general intent and purposes of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To hire employees, adopt standards for employment of those persons and assist in carrying out the requirements of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To conduct, encourage, request and participate in studies, surveys, investigations, research, experiments, training and demonstrations by contract, grant or otherwise;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. To accept, receive and administer grants, gifts, loans or other funds made available from any source for the purposes of this act; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. To perform any other duties and acts necessary to allow the state to participate in the abandoned mines and mined land program provided in Subchapter IV of the federal act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1981, c. 185, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 19, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45740.4. Participation in Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission is authorized to take all action necessary to insure Oklahoma's participation in the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund established by the federal act, and to function as the state's agency for participation. Pursuant to the federal act, the Commission shall by rule establish priorities that meet the terms of the federal act for the expenditure of those funds, designate the land and water eligible for reclamation or abatement expenditures and submit reclamation plans, annual projects and applications to the appropriate authorities pursuant to the terms of the federal act. It shall administer all monies received for abandoned mine reclamation or related purposes, which expenditure constitutes a public benefit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1981, c. 185, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. May 19, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45740.5. Property adversely affected by past coal mining practices Entry Acquisition Title Disposition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. If the Commission makes a finding of fact that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Land or water resources have been adversely affected by past coal mining practices; and the adverse effects are at a stage where, in the public interest, action to restore, reclaim, abate, control or prevent the adverse effects of past coal mining practices should be taken; and the owners of the land or water resources where entry must be made to restore, reclaim, abate, control or prevent the adverse effects of past coal mining practices are not known, or readily available; or the owners will not give permission for the state or any political subdivision to enter on the property to restore, reclaim, abate, control or prevent the adverse effects of past coal mining practices; then, on giving notice by mail to the owners of record, if known, or, if not known, by posting notice on the premises and advertising once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the land lies, the Commission is entitled to enter on the property adversely affected by the past coal mining practices and any other necessary access property to do all things necessary or expedient to restore, reclaim, abate, control or prevent the adverse effects. This entry shall not be construed as an act of condemnation of property nor of trespass. The monies expended for that work and the benefits accruing to those premises entered on shall be chargeable against the land and shall mitigate or offset any claim or action brought by any owner of any interest in the premises for damages by virtue of such entry; provided, this provision is not intended to create new rights of action or eliminate existing immunities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commission is entitled to enter on any property for the purposes of conducting studies or exploratory work to determine the existence of adverse effects of past coal mining practices and to determine the feasibility of restoration, reclamation, abatement, control or prevention of those adverse effects. Such entry shall not be construed as an act of condemnation of property nor of trespass.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The state may acquire any land, where it is to the public interest, by purchase, donation or condemnation, that is adversely affected by past coal mining practices if the Commission determines that acquisition of the land is necessary to successful reclamation and that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The acquired land, after restoration, reclamation, abatement, control or prevention of the adverse effects of past coal mining practices, will serve recreation and historic purposes, conservation and reclamation purposes, or provide open space benefits; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Permanent facilities, such as a treatment plant or a relocated stream channel, will be constructed on the land for the restoration, reclamation, abatement, control or prevention of the adverse effects of past coal mining practices; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Acquisition of coal refuse disposal sites and all coal refuse on those sites will serve the purposes of this section or that public ownership is desirable to meet emergency situations and prevent recurrences of the adverse effects of past coal mining practices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Title to all land acquired pursuant to this section shall be in the name of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Where land acquired pursuant to this section is deemed to be suitable for industrial, commercial, residential or recreational development, the state may sell the land by public sale under a system of competitive bidding, at not less than fair market value and under such rules as are promulgated to insure that the land is put to proper use consistent with local plans, if any, as determined by the Commission. Where federal funds are involved in the acquisition of the land to be sold, the land may be sold only when authorized by the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior. The Commission, after appropriate public notice, shall hold a public hearing in the county or counties of the state in which land acquired pursuant to this section is located. The hearings shall be held at a time that shall afford local citizens and governments the maximum opportunity to participate in the decision concerning the use or disposition of the land after restoration, reclamation, abatement, control or prevention of the adverse effects of past coal mining practices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1981, c. 185, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. May 19, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45740.6. Liens.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Within six (6) months after the completion of projects to restore, reclaim, abate, control or prevent the adverse effects of past mining practices on privately owned land, the Commission shall itemize the monies so expended and may file a statement of the monies spent with the clerk of the county in which the land lies, together with a notarized appraisal by an independent appraiser of the value of the land before the restoration, reclamation, abatement, control or prevention of adverse effects of past mining practices if the monies so expended result in a significant increase in property value. The statement shall constitute a lien on the land. The lien shall not exceed the amount determined by either of two appraisals to be the increase in the market value of the land as a result of the restoration, reclamation, abatement, control or prevention of the adverse effects of past mining practices. No lien shall be filed against the property of any person, in accordance with this subsection, who owned the surface prior to May 2, 1977, and who neither consented to nor participated in nor exercised control over the mining operation that necessitated the reclamation performed hereunder.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any affected landowner may petition the Commission within sixty (60) days of the filing of the lien for a hearing concerning the amount of the lien. That hearing and any appeal will be conducted under the provisions of Sections 301 et seq. of Title 75.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1981, c. 185, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. May 19, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45740.7. Emergencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Commission is authorized to spend monies from the State Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund for the emergency restoration, reclamation, abatement, control or prevention of adverse effects of coal mining practices on eligible land if it finds that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. An emergency exists constituting a danger to the public health, safety or general welfare; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. No other person or agency will act expeditiously to restore, reclaim, abate, control or prevent the adverse effects of coal mining practices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commission may enter on any land where an emergency exists and any other necessary access land to restore, reclaim, abate, control or prevent the adverse effects of coal mining practices and to do all things necessary or expedient to protect the public health, safety or general welfare. This entry shall not be construed as an act of condemnation of property nor of trespass. The monies expended for this work and the benefits accruing to the premises entered on shall be chargeable against the land and shall mitigate or offset any claim in or any action brought by any owner of any interest in the premises for any damages by virtue of the entry; provided, however, that this provision is not intended to create new rights of action or eliminate existing immunities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1981, c. 185, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. May 19, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45742.1. Short title Intent of Legislature Application of act Public policy Purpose of act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Coal Reclamation Act of 1979".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is the intent of the Oklahoma Legislature that the Coal Reclamation Act of 1978, Sections 742 et seq. of Title 45 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and this Coal Reclamation Act of 1979, be read together as the law regulating the reclamation of lands affected by surface coal mining operations and the surface effects of underground coal mining, to bring Oklahoma into compliance with Public Law 9587, the "Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of the Mining Lands Reclamation Act, Sections 721 through 728 of Title 45 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall not apply to surface coal mining operations or the surface effects of underground coal mining operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Legislature finds and declares that coal mining operations presently contribute significantly to the nation's energy requirements, that Oklahoma's coal production is part of those energy requirements, and that the cooperative effort established by this act is necessary to prevent or mitigate adverse environmental effects of all surface mining operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is the purpose of this act to protect the rights of surface owners and the environment, and to require reclamation of lands affected by surface and underground coal mining in a manner compatible with the social, environmental and aesthetic needs of this state. If reclamation is not feasible, surface mining operations should not be conducted. It is the intent of the Legislature to insure the existence of an expanding and economically healthy coal mining industry and that there be public participation in the development of rules and regulations appropriate to the State of Oklahoma and that the Department of Mines exercise the full reach of its powers to insure the protection of the public interest through the effective control of surface mining operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45742.2. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in this act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Acid drainage" means water with a pH of less than 6.0 Standard Units and in which total acidity exceeds total alkalinity, discharged from active, inactive, or abandoned mines and from areas affected by surface coal mining and reclamation operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Acidforming materials" means earth materials that contain sulfide minerals or other materials which, if exposed to air, water, or weathering processes, will result in the formation of acids that may create acid drainage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Adjacent area" means land located outside the affected area, permit area, or mine plan area, depending on the context in which "adjacent area" is used, where air, surface or ground water, fish, wildlife, vegetation or other resources protected by this act may be adversely impacted by surface coal mining and reclamation operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Affected area" means, with respect to surface mining activities, any land or water upon or in which those activities are conducted or located. With respect to underground mining activities, "affected area" means any water or surface land upon or in which those activities are conducted or located, and land or water which is located above underground mine workings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Approximate original contour" means that surface configuration achieved by backfilling and grading of the mined areas so that the reclaimed area, including any terracing or access roads, closely resembles the general surface configuration of the land prior to mining and blends into and complements the drainage pattern of the surrounding terrain, with all highwalls, spoil piles and coal refuse piles eliminated. Water impoundments may be permitted where the regulatory authority determines that they are in compliance with Section 745.18 of this title and applicable rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Aquifer" means a zone, stratum, or group of strata confined or unconfined, including perched conditions, that can store and transmit water in sufficient quantities for a specific use.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Auger mining" means a method of mining coal at a cliff or highwall by drilling holes laterally into an exposed coal seam from the highwall and transporting the coal along an auger bit to the surface.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Box cut" means the first open cut in strip mining which results in the placing of overburden on unmined land adjacent to the initial pit and outside the area to be mined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Coal exploration" means the gathering of surface or subsurface geologic, physical, or chemical data by mapping, trenching, drilling, geophysical or other techniques necessary to determine the quality and quantity of overburden and coal of an area and the gathering of environmental data to establish the conditions of the area beginning before surface coal mining and reclamation operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Coal processing plant" means a collection of facilities where runofthemine coal is prepared for market by chemical or physical processing, and separated from its impurities. The processing plant may consist of, but not be limited to, the following support facilities: loading facilities; storage and stockpile facilities; shed, shops and other buildings; water treatment and water storage facilities; settling basins and impoundments; coal processing and other waste disposal areas; roads, railroads and other transport facilities; and utilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Consolidated material" means material of sufficient hardness or ability to resist weathering and to inhibit erosion or sloughing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Department" means the office of the Chief Mine Inspector, including all employees, agents, deputies, and representatives of the Department, herein called the Department of Mines and Mining, or such department, bureau or commission as may lawfully succeed to the powers and duties of such department, having primary responsibility for administering all titles of the Surface Mining Law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Director" means the Chief Mine Inspector of the State of Oklahoma or such officer, bureau or commission as may lawfully succeed to the powers and duties of such Chief Mine Inspector or such employee, agent, deputy or representative of the Chief Mine Inspector as shall be designated by the Chief Mine Inspector to perform any actions required by this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. "Disturbed area" means an area where vegetation, topsoil, or overburden is removed by surface coal mining operations or upon which topsoil, spoil, coal processing waste or noncoal waste is placed. Those areas are "disturbed" until reclamation of those areas is complete and the bond or other assurance of performance is released.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. "Diversion" means a channel, embankment, or other manmade structure constructed for the purpose of diverting the flow of water from one area to another:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Permanent diversion means a diversion remaining after surface coal mining and reclamation are completed and which has been approved for retention by the Department and other appropriate state and federal agencies,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Temporary diversion means a diversion which is used during coal exploration or surface coal mining and reclamation operations, and not approved by the Department to remain after reclamation as part of the approved postmining land use.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. "Ephemeral stream" means a stream which flows only in direct response to precipitation in the immediate watershed or in response to the melting of snow and ice, and which has a channel bottom that is always above the local water table.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. "Ground water" means subsurface water that fills available openings in rock or soil materials such that they may be considered watersaturated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. "Headofhollow fill" means a fill structure consisting of any material, other than coal processing waste and organic material, placed in the uppermost reaches of a hollow where side slopes of the existing hollow measured at the steepest point are greater than twenty (20) degrees or the average slope of the profile of the hollow from the toe of the fill to the top of the fill is greater than ten (10) degrees. In fills with less than two hundred fifty thousand (250,000) cubic yards of material, associated with contour mining, the top surface of the fill will be at the elevation of the coal seam. In all other headofhollow fills, the top surface of the fill, when completed, is at approximately the same elevation as the adjacent ridge line, and no significant area of natural drainage occurs above the fill draining into the fill area.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. "Highwall" means the face of exposed overburden and coal in an open cut of a surface or for entry to an underground coal mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. "Hydrologic balance" means the relationship between the quality and quantity of inflow to, outflow from and storage in a hydrologic unit such as a drainage basin, aquifer, soil zone, lake, or reservoir. It encompasses the quantity and quality relationships between precipitation, runoff, evaporation, and the change in ground and surface water storage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">21. "Hydrologic regime" means the entire state of water movement in a given area. It is a function of the climate, and includes the phenomena by which water first occurs as atmospheric water vapor, passes into a liquid or solid form and falls as precipitation, moves along or into the ground surface, and returns to the atmosphere as vapor by means of evaporation and transpiration.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">22. "Imminent danger to the health and safety of the public" means the existence of any condition or practice, or any violation of a permit or other requirements of this act in a surface coal mining and reclamation operation, which condition, practice, or violation could reasonably be expected to cause substantial physical harm to persons outside the permit area before such condition, practice, or violation can be abated. A reasonable expectation of death or serious injury before abatement exists if a rational person, subjected to the same condition or practice giving rise to the peril, would not expose oneself to the danger during the time necessary for abatement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">23. "Impoundment" means a closed basin, naturally formed or artificially built, which is dammed or excavated for the retention of water, sediment, or waste.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">24. "In situ processes" means activities conducted on the surface or underground in connection with inplace distillation, retorting, leaching, or other chemical or physical processing of coal, to include, but not be limited to, in situ gasification, in situ leaching, slurry mining, solution mining, bore hole mining and fluid recovery mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">25. "Intermittent stream" means a stream or reach of a stream that drains a watershed of at least one (1) square mile, or a stream or reach of a stream that is below the local water table for at least some part of the year, and obtains its flow from both surface runoff and ground water discharge.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">26. "Operator" means any person, partnership, firm or corporation engaged in coal mining who removes or intends to remove more than two hundred fifty (250) tons from the earth within twelve (12) consecutive months in any one location.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">27. "Other minerals" means clay, stone, sand, gravel, metalliferous and nonmetalliferous ores, and any other solid material or substances of commercial value excavated in solid form from natural deposits on or in the earth, exclusive of coal and those minerals which occur naturally in liquid or gaseous form.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">28. "Overburden" means all of the earth and other materials, excluding topsoil, which lie above natural deposits of coal and other minerals, and also means such earth and other materials disturbed from their natural state in the process of surface mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&nbsp;&nbsp;29. "Peak" means an upward projecting point of overburden created in the surface mining process.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">30. "Perennial stream" means a stream or part of a stream that flows continuously during all of the calendar year as a result of groundwater discharge or surface runoff.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">31. "Performance bond" means the indemnity instrument in a sum certain, supported by a surety's guarantee, pledge of collateral or other acceptable contractual guarantee, by which the permit applicant assures faithful performance of all the applicable permit requirements of this act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">32. "Permit" means a permit to conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations issued by the Department pursuant to state law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">33. "Permit area" means the area, including all natural and human resources, included within the boundaries specified in a permit, whether or not the areas will be impacted by surface coal mining and reclamation operations, which are designated on the approved maps submitted by the applicant with his permit application and covered by the performance and reclamation bonds as required.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">34. "Permittee" means a person holding a "permit" to conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations issued by the Department pursuant to state law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">35. "Pit" means a tract of land from which overburden or minerals have been or are being removed in the process of surface mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">36. "Prime farmland" means lands which meet the criteria of the Department, which shall prescribe criteria at least as stringent as criteria prescribed by the United States Secretary of Agriculture on the basis of such factors as moisture availability, temperature regime, chemical balance, permeability, surface layer composition, susceptibility to flooding, and erosion characteristics, and which historically have been used for intensive agricultural purposes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">37. "Reclamation" means, through the process of backfilling, regrading, topsoil replacement, reutilization, and revegetation activities, the bringing back of land to its approximate original contours and configuration, and resulting in an equal or better land use category, and shall be consistent with the existing surrounding environment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">38. "Reference areas" means land units of varying size and shape identified and maintained under appropriate management for the purpose of measuring ground cover, productivity and species diversity that are produced naturally or by crop production methods approved by the Department. Reference areas must be representative of geology, soils, slope, aspect and vegetation in the permit area.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">39. "Refuse" means all waste material directly connected with the production, cleaning or preparation of coal or other minerals which have been mined by either underground or surface mining method.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">40. "Regulatory authority" means the Department of Mines and Mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">41. "Ridge" means a lengthened elevation of overburden created in the surface mining process.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">42. "Significant, imminent environmental harm to land, air or water resources" is determined as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;An environmental harm is any adverse impact on land, air, or water resources, including but not limited to, plant and animal life,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;An environmental harm is imminent if a condition, practice or violation exists which:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls8"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;is causing such harm or,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls8"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;may reasonably be expected to cause such harm at any time before the end of the reasonable abatement time that would be set under Section 775 of this title,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;An environmental harm is significant if that harm is appreciable and not immediately reparable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">43. "Slope" means average inclination of a surface, measured from the horizontal; normally expressed as a unit of vertical distance to a given number of units of horizontal distance (e.g., one unit vertical (1v) to five units horizontal (5h) = 11.3 degrees).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">44. "Soil horizons" means contrasting layers of soil lying one below the other, parallel or near parallel to the land surface. Soil horizons are differentiated on the basis of field characteristics and laboratory data. The three (3) major soil horizons are:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;"A horizon". The uppermost layer in the soil profile often called the surface soil. It is the part of the soil in which organic matter is most abundant and where leaching of soluble or suspended particles is the greatest,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;"B horizon". The layer immediately beneath the A horizon and often called the subsoil. This middle layer commonly contains more clay, iron or aluminum than the A or C horizons, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;"C horizon". The deepest layer of the soil profile. It consists of loose material or weathered rock that is relatively unaffected by biologic activity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">45. "Spoil" means displaced overburden.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">46. "Strip mining" means those mining operations carried out by removing the overburden lying above natural deposits of coal and other minerals, and mining directly from such natural deposits thereby exposed, but excludes auger mining, quarrying, dredging, pumping or the use of hydraulic methods.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">47. "Substantially disturb" means, for purposes of coal exploration, to significantly impact upon land, air or water resources by such activities as blasting, mechanical excavation of land, drilling or altering coal or water exploratory holes or wells, construction or creation of roads and other access routes, and the placement of structures, excavated earth or other debris upon the surface of land.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">48. "Surface coal mining and reclamation operations" means surface mining operations and all activities necessary and incident to the reclamation of such operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">49. "Surface coal mining operations" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Activities conducted on the surface of lands in connection with a surface coal mine or surface operations and surface impacts incident to an underground coal mine. Such activities include excavation for the purpose of obtaining coal, including such common methods as contour, strip, auger, mountaintop removal, box cut, open pit, and area mining, the uses of explosives and blasting, in situ distillation or retorting, leaching or other chemical or physical processing, and the cleaning, concentrating, or other processing or preparation, loading of coal at or near the mine site. Such activities do not include the extraction of coal incidental to the extraction of other minerals where coal does not exceed sixteen and twothirds percent (16 2/3%) of the tonnage of minerals removed for the purposes of commercial use or sale or coal exploration, subject to Section 745.11 of this title, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;The areas upon which such activities occur or where such activities disturb the natural land surface. Such areas shall also include any adjacent land, the use of which is incidental to any such activities, all lands affected by the construction of new roads or improvement or use of existing roads to gain access to the site of such activities and for haulage and excavations, workings, impoundments, dams, ventilation shafts, entryways, refuse banks, dumps, stockpiles, overburden piles, spoil banks, culm banks, tailings, holes or depressions, repair areas, storage areas, processing areas, shipping areas and other areas upon which are sited structures, facilities, or other property or materials on the surface, resulting from or incident to such activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">50. "Surface water" means water, either flowing or standing, on the surface of the earth.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">51. "Topsoil" means the "A" soil horizon, which is the uppermost layer of the three (3) major soil horizons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">52. "Underground mining activities" means a combination of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Surface operations incident to underground extraction of coal or in situ processing, such as construction, use, maintenance, and reclamation of roads, aboveground repair areas, storage areas, processing areas, shipping areas, areas upon which are sited support facilities including hoist and ventilating ducts, areas utilized for the disposal and storage of waste, and areas on which materials incident to underground mining operations are placed, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Underground operations such as underground construction, operation, and reclamation of shafts, adits, underground support facilities, in situ processing, and underground mining, hauling, storage, and blasting, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls7"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;The areas in which activities enumerated above occur or where such activities disturb the natural land surface.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">53. "Unwarranted failure to comply" means the failure of a permittee to prevent the occurrence of any violation of his permit or any requirement of this act due to indifference, lack of diligence, or lack of reasonable care, or the failure to abate any violation of such permit or the act due to indifference, lack of diligence, or lack of reasonable care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">54. "Water table" means the upper surface of a zone of saturation, where the body of ground water is not confined by an overlying impermeable zone.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 260, &sect; 32, operative July 1, 1990.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45744. Application of act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All surface coal mining operations which commence operations pursuant to a permit issued on or after February 3, 1978, shall comply, and such permits shall contain terms requiring compliance with the provisions set out in this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">On and after May 3, 1978, all surface coal mining operations shall comply with this act, except as provided below.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-745. Exemptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Surface coal mining operations in operation pursuant to a permit issued by this state before August 3, 1977, issued to a person in existence prior to May 2, 1977, and operated by a person whose total annual production of coal from surface and underground coal mining operations does not exceed one hundred thousand (100,000) tons shall not be subject to the provisions of this section except with reference to the provisions relating to steep slope mining in Section 15 of this act until January 1, 1979.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.1. Permits for separate mining operations Application Forms Plan of reclamation Fees Exemptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It shall be unlawful for any operator to engage in any mining operations in this state without first obtaining from the Department a permit to do so for each separate mining operation. The Department shall determine what constitutes a separate mining operation by rules and regulations promulgated under the Coal Reclamation Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any operator desiring to engage in surface mining eight (8) months after the approval of Oklahoma's regulatory program by the United States Secretary of the Interior shall make written application to the Department for a permit within two (2) months after the approval of the state program. Before the approval of the Oklahoma program by the Secretary of the Interior, the requirements of the Coal Reclamation Act of 1978 shall continue to apply to all permits for coal mining covered by the Coal Reclamation Act. Application for such permit shall be made upon a form furnished by the Department, which form shall require all pertinent information including, but not limited to, all information required by federal law and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Any operator desiring to engage in underground mining shall make written application to the Department for a permit within two (2) months after approval of the state program. Application for such permit shall be made upon a form furnished by the Department, which form shall require all pertinent information including, but not limited to, all information required by federal law and regulations for underground coal mining, taking into account the distinct differences between surface coal mining and underground coal mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Each application for a permit under subsections B and C of this section shall be accompanied by a plan for the reclamation of the affected land that meets the requirements of the Coal Reclamation Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Each application for a permit or permit renewal under subsections B and C of this section shall be accompanied by a fee of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for each permit year, payable at the rate of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) per year on the anniversary date of the year in which the permit or permit renewal was issued. Such fee shall be deposited in the Department of Mines Revolving Fund and used to offset the cost of reviewing, administering and enforcing such permit issued pursuant to a state or federal program. Once mining operations have permanently terminated, no further permit fee shall be required of the operator.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The provisions of the Coal Reclamation Act shall not apply to the extraction of coal by a landowner for his own noncommercial use from land owned or leased by him, or the extraction of coal as an incidental part of federal, state or local governmentfinanced highway or other construction under regulations established by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1982, c. 181, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. April 20, 1982; Laws 1989, c. 282, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1989, &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.2. Term of permit Fee Transferability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All permits issued pursuant to the requirements of this act shall be issued for a term not to exceed five (5) years. A successor in interest to a permittee who applies for a new permit within thirty (30) days of succeeding to such interest and who is able to obtain the bond coverage of the original permittee may, upon payment of a fee of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) to the Department, continue surface coal mining and reclamation operations according to the approved mining and reclamation plan of the original permittee until such successor's application is granted or denied.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1983, c. 39, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 20, 1983; Laws 1985, c. 339, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. July 30, 1985. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.3. Termination of permit Extension.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A permit shall terminate if the permittee has not commenced the surface coal mining operations covered by such permit within three (3) years of the issuance of the permit. The Department may grant reasonable extensions of time upon a showing and a finding by the Department that such extensions are necessary by reason of litigation precluding such commencement or threatening substantial economic loss to the permittee, or by reason of conditions beyond the control and without the fault or negligence of the permittee; provided, further that with respect to coal to be mined for use in a synthetic fuel facility or specific major electric generating facility, the permittee shall be deemed to have commenced surface mining operations at such time as the construction of the synthetic fuel or generating facility is initiated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.4. Renewal of permit Application Burden of proof Term.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any valid permit issued pursuant to this act shall carry with it the right of successive renewal with respect to areas within the boundaries of the existing permit. The holders of the permit may apply for renewal and such renewal shall be issued, provided that on application for renewal the burden shall be on the opponents of renewal, subsequent to fulfillment of the public notice requirements of Sections 15 and 17 of this act unless it is established that and written findings by the Department are made declaring:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The terms and conditions of the existing permit are not being satisfactorily met;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The present surface coal mining and reclamation operation is not in compliance with the environmental protection standards of this act and the state program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The renewal requested substantially jeopardizes the operator's continuing responsibility on existing permit areas;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The operator has not provided evidence that the performance bond in effect for said operation will continue in full force and effect for any renewal requested in such application as well as any additional bond the Department might require; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Any additional revised or updated information required by the Department has not been provided. Prior to the approval of any renewal of permit the Department shall provide notice to the appropriate public authorities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If an application for renewal of a valid permit includes a proposal to extend the mining operation beyond the boundaries authorized in the existing permit, the portion of the application for renewal of a valid permit which addresses any new land areas shall be subject to the full standards applicable to new applications under this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any permit renewal shall be for a term not to exceed the period of the original permit established by this act. Application for permit renewal shall be made at least one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the expiration of the valid permit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.5. Reclamation plan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Each applicant for a permit shall be required to submit to the Department as part of the permit application a reclamation plan which shall meet the requirements of this act. Each reclamation plan submitted as part of a permit application shall include, in the degree of detail necessary to demonstrate that reclamation required can be accomplished, a statement of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The identification of the lands subject to surface coal mining operations over the estimated life of those operations and the size, sequence and timing of the subareas for which it is anticipated that individual permits for mining will be sought;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The condition of the land to be covered by the permit prior to any mining including:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. the uses existing at the time of the application, and if the land has a history of previous mining, the uses which preceded any mining,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. the capability of the land prior to any mining to support a variety of uses giving consideration to soil and foundation characteristics, topography, vegetative cover and, if applicable, a soil survey, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. the productivity of the land prior to mining, including appropriate classification as prime farmlands, as well as the average yield of food, fiber, forage or wood products from such lands obtained under high levels of management;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The use which is proposed to be made of the land following reclamation, including a discussion of the utility and capacity of the reclaimed land to support a variety of alternative uses and the relationship of such use to existing land use policies and plans, and the comments of any owner of the surface, state and local governments or agencies thereof which would have to initiate, implement, approve or authorize the proposed use of the land following reclamation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A detailed description of how the proposed postmining land use is to be achieved and the necessary support activities which may be needed to achieve the proposed land use;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The engineering techniques proposed to be used in mining and reclamation and a description of the major equipment; a plan for the control of surface water drainage and of water accumulation; a plan, where appropriate, for backfilling, soil stabilization, and compacting, grading and appropriate revegetation; a plan for soil reconstruction, replacement and stabilization; an estimate of the cost per acre of the reclamation, including a statement as to how the permittee plans to comply with each of the requirements of Oklahoma mining reclamation law;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The consideration which has been given to maximize the utilization and conservation of the solid fuel resource being recovered so that reaffecting the land in the future can be minimized;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. A detailed estimated timetable for the accomplishment of each major step in the reclamation plan;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. The consideration which has been given to making the surface mining and reclamation operations consistent with surface owner plans, and applicable state and local land use plans and programs; 9. The steps to be taken to comply with applicable air and water quality laws and regulations and any applicable health and safety standards;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. The consideration which has been given to developing the reclamation plan in a manner consistent with local physical environmental, and climatological conditions;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. All lands, interests in lands, or options on such interests held by the applicant or pending bids on interests in lands by the applicant, which lands are contiguous to the area to be covered by the permit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. The results of test boring which the applicant has made at the area to be covered by the permit, or other equivalent information and data, including the location of subsurface water, and an analysis of the chemical properties including acidforming properties of the coal and other minerals and overburden. Information which pertains only to the analysis of the chemical and physical properties of the coal shall be kept confidential and not made a matter of public record. Information regarding mineral or elemental contents which are potentially toxic in the environment shall be a part of the public record;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. A detailed description of the measures to be taken during the mining and reclamation process to assure the protection of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. the quality of surface and ground water systems, both on and offsite, from adverse effects of the mining and reclamation process,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. the rights of present users to such water, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. the quantity of surface and ground water systems, both on and offsite, from adverse effects of the mining and reclamation process or to provide alternative sources of water where such protection of quantity cannot be assured; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Such other requirements as the Department shall prescribe by regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any information required by this section which is not on public file pursuant to state law shall be held in confidence by the Department. Information which pertains only to the chemical and physical properties of the coal, except those properties which are potentially toxic in the environment, shall be kept confidential and not made a matter of public record.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.6. Performance bond.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. After a surface coal mining and reclamation permit application has been approved but before such a permit is issued, the applicant shall file with the Department, on a form prescribed and furnished by the Department, a bond for performance payable to the state, and conditional upon faithful performance of all the requirements of law and the permit. Such bond shall be signed by the operator as principal, and by a good and sufficient corporate surety licensed to do business in the state. The bond shall cover that area of land within the permit area upon which the operator will initiate and conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations within the initial term of the permit. Bonding will occur in oneyear increments for the life of the permit and shall cover that segment of the permit area to be affected during the increment. As oneyear increments of surface coal mining and reclamation operations are to be initiated and conducted within the permit area, the permittee shall file with the Department an additional bond or bonds to cover such increments in accordance with this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The amount of the bond required for each bonded area shall depend upon the reclamation requirements of the approved permit, and shall reflect the probable difficulty of reclamation and giving consideration to such factors as topography, geology of the site, hydrology, and revegetation potential, and shall be determined by the Department. The amount of the bond for coal mining shall be sufficient to assure the completion of the reclamation plan if the work had to be performed by the Department in the event of forfeiture, and in no case shall the bond for the entire area under one permit be less than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) unless the permit area is less than sixtyseven (67) acres, in which case a minimum bond of fifteen percent (15%) of the total original bond shall be maintained until completion of the reclamation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Liability under a surface coal mining bond shall be for the duration of the surface coal mining and reclamation operation and for a period coincident with the operator's responsibility for revegetation requirements. The bond shall be executed by the operator and a corporate surety licensed to do business in Oklahoma, except that the operator may elect to deposit cash, negotiable bonds of the United States Government or of Oklahoma, negotiable certificates of deposit of any bank organized or transacting business in the United States, Certificates of Deposit or irrevocable letters of credit from a bank or lending institution licensed to do business in the State of Oklahoma. The cash deposit or market value of such securities shall be equal to or greater than the amount of the bond required for the bonded area.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A bond shall not be cancelable by the surety except after not less than ninety (90) days' prior written notice to the Department and the arrangement of a replacement bond suitable to the Department. Bonds may be continued in effect from year to year, and a new bond need not be provided for each permit year. The penalty of the bond or amount of cash and securities, as provided in subsection B of this section, shall be increased or reduced from time to time as affected land acreages are increased or decreased or when the cost of future reclamation changes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If the license to do business in the state of any surety upon a bond filed with the Department pursuant to the Coal Reclamation Act shall be suspended or revoked, the operator, within thirty (30) days after receiving notice thereof from the Department, shall substitute for such surety a good and sufficient corporate surety licensed to do business in the state. Upon failure of the operator to make substitution of surety as provided in this section, the Department shall have the right to suspend the permit of the operator to conduct operations upon the land described in such permit until such substitution has been made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Department may accept the bond of the applicant itself without separate surety when the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department the existence of a suitable agent to receive service of process, and a history of financial solvency and continuous operation sufficient for authorization to selfinsure or bond such amount.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Such bond or security shall remain in effect until the mined acres have been reclaimed, approved and released by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1982, c. 181, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 20, 1982; Laws 1985, c. 339, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. July 30, 1985. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.7. Grant, modification or denial of application for permit Notice to applicant Burden of proof Notice to political subdivisions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Upon the basis of a complete mining application and reclamation plan, including public notification and an opportunity for a public hearing, the Department shall grant, require modification of or deny the application for a permit in a reasonable time and notify the applicant in writing. The applicant for a permit, or revision of a permit, shall have the burden of establishing that his application is in compliance with all the requirements of the law. Within ten (10) days after the granting of a permit, the Department shall notify the local governmental officials in the political subdivision in which the area of land to be affected is located that a permit has been issued and shall describe the location of the land.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.8. Criteria for approval of permit or revision application.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No permit or revision application shall be approved unless the application affirmatively demonstrates and the Department finds in writing, on the basis of the information set forth in the application or from information otherwise available, which will be documented in the approval and made available to the applicant, that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The permit application is accurate and complete and that all the requirements of this act have been complied with;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The applicant has demonstrated that reclamation as required by this act can be accomplished under the reclamation plan contained in the permit application;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The assessment of the probable cumulative impact of all anticipated mining in the area on the hydrologic balance has been made by the Department and the proposed operation has been designed to prevent material damage to hydrologic balance outside the permit area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The area proposed to be mined is not included within an area designated unsuitable for surface coal mining, or is not within an area under study for such designation unless the operator demonstrates he has made substantial legal and financial commitments to the operation prior to January 1, 1977; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. In cases when the private coal or other mineral estate has been severed from the private surface estate, the applicant has submitted to the Department:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. the written consent of the surface owner to the extraction of coal by surface mining methods, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. a conveyance that expressly grants or reserves the right to extract the coal by surface mining methods.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the conveyance does not expressly grant the right to extract coal by surface mining methods, the surfacesubsurface legal relationship shall be determined in accordance with state law. Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize the Department to adjudicate property rights disputes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.9. Schedule of notices of violations of air or water environmental protection laws to be submitted Effect of prior violations on application.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The applicant shall file with his permit application a schedule listing all notices of violations of this act and any law, rule or regulation of the United States, or of any department or agency in the United States, pertaining to air or water environmental protection incurred by the applicant in connection with any surface coal mining operation during the threeyear period prior to the date of application. The schedule shall also indicate the final resolution of any such notice of violation. When the schedule or other information available to the Department indicates that any surface coal mining operation owned or controlled by the applicant is currently in violation of this act or such other laws referred to in this section, the permit shall not be issued until the applicant submits proof that such violation has been corrected or is in the process of being corrected to the satisfaction of the regulatory authority which has jurisdiction over such violation. No permit shall be issued to an applicant after a finding by the Department, after opportunity for hearing, that the applicant or the operator specified in the application, controls or has controlled mining operations with a demonstrated pattern of willful violations of this act or the laws of another state or the United States regulating surface coal mining operations of such nature and duration with such resulting irreparable damage to the environment as to indicate an intent not to comply with the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.10. Revision of permit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. During the term of the permit the permittee may submit an application for a revision of the permit, together with a revised reclamation plan, to the Department. The Department shall promulgate by rule a definition of a major revision and a minor revision. The fees for an application for a revision shall be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Major revision ................... $250.00&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Minor revision ................... $100.00&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Said fee shall be owing and due upon the Department's completion of action upon the application and said fee shall be paid in full prior to the issuance of any revised permit and the Department shall issue said revised permit no later than five (5) days after payment. The fees collected under this section shall be deposited in the Department of Mines Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. An application for a revision of a permit shall not be approved unless the Department finds that reclamation as required by this act can be accomplished under the revised reclamation plan. The revision shall be approved or disapproved within a reasonable period of time. The Department shall establish guidelines for a determination of the scale or extent of a revision request for which all permit application information requirements and procedures, including notice and hearings, shall apply. Any revisions which propose significant alterations in the reclamation plan shall, at a minimum, be subject to notice and hearing requirements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Any extensions to the area covered by the permit except incidental boundary revisions shall be made by application for another permit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department shall, within a time limit prescribed in regulations, review outstanding permits and may require reasonable revision or modification of the permit provisions during the term of such permit. Such revision or modification shall be based upon a written finding and subject to notice and hearing requirements established by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1985, c. 339, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. July 30, 1985; Laws 1986, c. 308, &sect; 7, operative July 1, 1986. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.11. Exploration regulations Contents Confidential or privileged information Tonnage limitations Violations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Coal exploration operations which substantially disturb the natural land surface shall be conducted in accordance with exploration regulations issued by the Department. Such regulations shall include, at a minimum:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The requirement that prior to conducting any exploration under this section, any person shall file with the Department notice of intention to explore, and such notice shall include a description of the exploration area and the period of supposed exploration; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Provisions for reclamation, in accordance with the surface coal mining operations performance standards of this act, of all lands disturbed in exploration, including excavations, roads, drill holes and the removal of necessary facilities and equipment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Information submitted to the Department pursuant to this subsection which is designated in writing as confidential, concerning trade secrets or privileged commercial or financial information which relates to the competitive rights of the person or entity intended to explore the described area, shall not be available for public examination.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. No operator shall remove more than two hundred fifty (250) tons of coal pursuant to an exploration permit without the specific written approval of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Any person violating this section shall be subject to the penalty provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.12. Advertisement of ownership, location and boundaries of affected land Notice to political subdivisions, etc. Comments on proposed operation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">At the time of submission of an application for a surface coal mining and reclamation permit, or revision of an existing permit, the applicant shall submit to the Department a copy of his advertisement of the ownership, precise location and boundaries of the land to be affected. At the time of submission such advertisement shall be placed by the applicant in a local newspaper of general circulation in the locality of the proposed surface mine at least once a week for four (4) consecutive weeks. The Department shall notify various local governmental bodies, planning agencies, sewage and water treatment authorities and water companies in the locality in which the proposed surface mining will take place notifying them of the operator's intention to surface mine a particularly described tract of land and indicating the application's permit number and where a copy of the proposed mining and reclamation plan may be inspected. These local bodies, agencies, authorities or companies may submit written comments within a reasonable period established by the Department on the mining applications with respect to the effect of the proposed operation on the environment which are within their areas of responsibility. Such comments shall immediately be transmitted to the applicant by the Department and shall be made available to the public at the same locations as are the mining applications.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.13. Objections to application for permit Informal conference Hearings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected, or the chief administrative officer of any federal, state or local governmental agency or authority, shall have the right to file written objections to the application for a permit with the Department within thirty (30) days after the last publication of the notice. Such objections shall immediately be transmitted to the applicant by the Department and shall be made available to the public. If written objections are filed and an informal conference requested, the Department shall then hold an informal conference in the locality of the proposed mining. The date, time and location of such informal conference shall be advertised by the Department in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality at least two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled conference date. The Department may arrange with the applicant, upon request by any party to the application process, access to the proposed mining area for the purpose of gathering information relevant to the proceeding. An electronic or stenographic record shall be made of the conference proceeding, unless waived by all parties. Such record shall be maintained and shall be accessible to the parties until final release of the applicant's performance bond. In the event all parties requesting the informal conference stipulate agreement prior to the requested informal conference and withdraw their requests, such informal conference need not be held.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Where the lands included in an application for a permit are the subject of a federal coal lease in connection with which hearings were held and determinations were made under the Mineral Lands Leasing Act, as amended, 30 U.S.C. 201a, such hearings shall be deemed as to the matters covered to satisfy the requirements of this section and Section 17 of this act and such determinations shall be deemed to be a part of the record and conclusive for purposes of this section and Section 17 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.14. Findings Notice to applicant Hearing on findings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. If an informal conference has been held, the Department shall issue and furnish the applicant and persons who are parties to the administrative proceedings with the written finding of the Department, granting or denying the permit in whole or in part and stating the reasons therefor, within the sixty (60) days of the hearings in the informal conference.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If no informal conference has been held, the Department shall notify the applicant for a permit within a reasonable time, whether the application has been approved or disapproved in whole or in part.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. If the application is approved, the permit shall be issued. If the application is disapproved, specific reasons shall be set forth in the notification. Within thirty (30) days after the applicant is notified of the final decision of the Department on the permit application, the applicant or any person with an interest which is or may be adversely affected may request a hearing on the reasons for the final determination. The Department shall hold a hearing within thirty (30) days of such request and provide notification to all interested parties at the time that the applicant is so notified. Such hearing shall be of record, adjudicatory in nature and no person who presided at an informal conference shall either preside at the hearing or participate in this decision or in any administrative appeal. Within thirty (30) days after the hearing the Department shall issue and furnish the applicant, and all persons who participated in the hearing, with the written decision of the Department granting or denying the permit in whole or in part and stating the reasons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.15. Temporary relief pending final determination of proceedings Conduct of hearings Appeals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When a hearing is requested pursuant to this act, the Department may, under such conditions as it may prescribe, grant such temporary relief as it deems appropriate pending final determination of the proceedings if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. All parties to the proceedings have been notified and given an opportunity to be heard on a request for temporary relief;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The person requesting such relief shows that there is a substantial likelihood that he will prevail on the merits of the final determination of the proceeding; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Such relief will not adversely affect the public health or safety or cause significant imminent environmental harm to land, air or water resources.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For the purpose of this and every hearing authorized by this act, the Department may, pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, or written or printed materials, compel attendance of the witnesses, or production of the materials, and take evidence including, but not limited to, site inspections of the land to be affected and other surface coal mining operations carried on by the applicant in the general vicinity of the proposed operation. A verbatim record of each public hearing required by this act shall be made, and a transcript made available on the motion of any party or by order of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any applicant or any person with an interest which is or may be adversely affected who has participated in the application process as an objector, and who is aggrieved by the decision of the Department, or if the Department fails to act within the time limits specified in this act, shall have the right to appeal as provided by Section 53 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 18, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.16.1. Small operator assistance program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department shall operate a small operator assistance program to the extent required by federal law, and shall provide such services as are necessary to comply with the permanent regulatory program. The Department is authorized to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior regarding distribution of funds for the small operator assistance program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1983, c. 39, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. April 20, 1983. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.17. Copy of application to be filed with county recorder or appropriate public office Liability insurance Blasting plans.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Each applicant for a surface coal mining and reclamation permit shall file a copy of his application for public inspection with the recorder at the courthouse of the county or an appropriate public office approved by the Department where the mining is proposed to occur, except for that information pertaining to the coal seam itself.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Each applicant for a permit shall be required to submit to the Department as part of the permit application a certificate issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in the United States certifying that the applicant has a public liability insurance policy in force for the surface mining and reclamation operations for which such permit is sought, or evidence that the applicant has satisfied other state or federal selfinsurance requirements. Such policy shall provide for personal injury and property damage protection in an amount adequate to compensate any persons damaged as a result of surface coal mining and reclamation operations including use of explosives and entitled to compensation under the applicable provisions of state law. Such policy shall be maintained in full force and effect during the terms of the permit or any renewal, including the length of all reclamation operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Each applicant for a surface coal mining and reclamation permit shall submit to the Department as part of the permit application a blasting plan which shall outline the procedures and standards by which the operator will meet the provisions of law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 20, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.18. Impoundments of water on mining sites.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator may create, if authorized in the approved mining and reclamation plan and permit, permanent impoundments of water on mining sites as part of reclamation activities only when it is adequately demonstrated that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The size of the impoundment is adequate for its intended purposes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The impoundment dam construction will be so designed as to achieve necessary stability with an adequate margin of safety compatible with that of structures constructed under Public Law 83566 (16 U.S.C. 1006);&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The quality of impounded water will be suitable on a permanent basis for its intended use and that discharges from the impoundment will not degrade the water quality below water quality standards established pursuant to applicable federal and state law in the receiving stream;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The level of water will be reasonably stable;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Final grading will provide adequate safety and access for proposed water users; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Such water impoundments will not result in the diminution of the quality or quantity of water utilized by adjacent or surrounding landowners for agricultural, industrial, recreational or domestic uses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 21, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.19. Augering operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall conduct any augering operation associated with surface mining in a manner to maximize recoverability of coal and other mineral reserves remaining after the operation and reclamation are complete, and seal all auger holes with an impervious and noncombustible material in order to prevent drainage except where the Department determines that the resulting impoundment of water in such auger holes may create a hazard to the environment or the public health or safety. The Department may prohibit augering if necessary to maximize the utilization recoverability or conservation of the solid fuel resources or to protect against adverse water quality impacts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 22, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.20. Disposal of wastes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall, with respect to surface disposal of mine wastes, tailings, coal processing wastes, and other wastes in areas other than the mine working or excavations, stabilize all waste piles in designated areas through construction in compacted layers including the use of incombustible and impervious materials if necessary. He shall also assure that the final contour of the waste pile will be compatible with natural surroundings and that the site can and will be stabilized and revegetated according to the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 23, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.21. Surface mining near active and abandoned underground mines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall refrain from surface coal mining within five hundred (500) feet from active and abandoned underground mines in order to prevent breakthroughs and to protect health or safety of miners. The Department shall permit an operator to mine near, through or partially through an abandoned underground mine or closer to an active underground mine if the nature, timing and sequencing of the approximate coincidence of specific surface mine activities with specific underground mine activities will result in improved resource recovery, improved land use category abatement of water pollution, or elimination of hazards to the health and safety of underground miners and the public.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 24, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45745.22. Reclamation efforts Variances.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall insure that all reclamation efforts proceed in an environmentally sound manner and as contemporaneously as practicable with the surface coal mining operations. Where the applicant proposes to combine surface mining operations with underground mining operations to assure maximum practical recovery of the coal and other mineral resources, the Department may grant a variance for specific areas within the reclamation plan from the requirement that reclamation efforts proceed as contemporaneously as practicable to permit underground mining operations prior to reclamation:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. If the Department finds in writing that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. the applicant has presented, as part of the permit application, specific, feasible plans for the proposed underground mining operations,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. the proposed underground mining operations are necessary or desirable to assure maximum practical recovery of the coal and other mineral resources and will avoid multiple disturbance of the surface,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. the applicant has satisfactorily demonstrated that the plan for the underground mining operations conforms to requirements for underground mining in the jurisdiction and that permits necessary for the underground mining operations have been issued,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">d. the areas proposed for the variance have been shown by the applicant to be necessary for the implementing of the proposed underground mining operations,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">e. no substantial adverse environmental damage, either onsite or offsite, will result from the delay in completion of reclamation as required by this act, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">f. provisions for the offsite storage of spoil will comply with the requirements of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If the United States Secretary of the Interior has promulgated specific regulations to govern the granting of such variances in accordance with the provisions of federal law, and has imposed such additional requirements as he deems necessary;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. If variances granted under the provisions of this section are to be reviewed by the Department not more than three (3) years from the date of issuance of the permit; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. If liability under the bond filed by the applicant with the Department shall be for the duration of the underground mining operations and until the requirements of this act have been fully complied with.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 25, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45746. Restoration of land.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall restore the land affected to a condition capable of supporting the uses which it was capable of supporting prior to any mining, or higher or better uses of which there is reasonable likelihood, so long as such use or uses do not present any actual or probable hazard to public health or safety or of water diminution or pollution. The permit applicant's declared proposed land use following reclamation shall not be impractical or unreasonable, inconsistent with applicable land use policies and plans, involve unreasonable delay in implementation, or violate federal, state or local law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45747. Backfilling, compacting, and grading.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall backfill, compact where advisable to insure stability or to prevent leaching of toxic materials, and grade in order to restore the approximate original contour of the land with all highwalls, spoil piles and depressions eliminated unless small depressions are needed in order to retain moisture to assist revegetation or as otherwise authorized pursuant to this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45748. Conditions where backfilling, compacting, and grading are necessary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In surface coal mining:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Which is carried out at the same location over a substantial period of time when the operation transects the coal deposit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The thickness of the coal deposits relative to the volume of the overburden is large; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Where the operator demonstrates that the overburden and other spoil and waste materials at a particular point in the permit area or otherwise available from the entire permit area is insufficient, giving due consideration to volumetric expansion, to restore the approximate original contour;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">the operator, at a minimum, shall backfill, grade and compact, where advisable, using all available overburden and other spoil and waste materials to attain the lowest practicable grade but not more than the angle of repose. The operator shall provide adequate drainage and cover all acidforming and other toxic materials, in order to achieve an ecologically sound land use compatible with the surrounding region.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45749. Restoring excess overburden, spoils and waste materials.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In surface coal mining where the volume of overburden is large relative to the thickness of the coal deposit and where the operator demonstrates that due to volumetric expansion the amount of overburden and other spoil and waste materials removed in the course of the mining operation is more than sufficient to restore the approximate original contour, the operator shall after restoring the approximate contour, backfill, grade and compact, where advisable, the excess overburden and other spoil and waste materials to attain the lowest grade but not more than the angle of repose, and cover all acidforming and other toxic materials, in order to achieve an ecologically sound land use compatible with the surrounding region. Such overburden or spoil shall be shaped and graded in such a way as to prevent slides, erosion and water pollution and shall be revegetated in accordance with the requirements of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45750. Removal and restoration of topsoil.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall remove the topsoil from the land in a separate layer, replace it on the backfill area or if not utilized immediately, segregate it in a separate pile from other spoil. When the topsoil is not replaced on a backfill area within a time short enough to avoid deterioration of the topsoil, the operator shall maintain a successful cover by quickgrowing plants or other means so that the topsoil is preserved from wind and water erosion, remains free of any contamination by other acid or toxic material, and is in a usable condition for sustaining vegetation when restored during reclamation. If the topsoil is of insufficient quantity or of poor quality for sustaining vegetation, or if other strata can be shown to be more suitable for vegetation requirements, then the operator shall remove, segregate and preserve in a like manner such other strata which is best able to support vegetation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45751. Disturbances to hydrologic balance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall minimize the disturbances to the prevailing hydrologic balance, at the mine site and in associated offsite areas, and to the quality and quantity of water in surface and ground water systems both during and after surface coal mining operations and during reclamation by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Avoiding acid or other toxic mine drainage by such measures as, but not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. preventing or removing water from contact with toxic producing deposits,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. treating drainage to reduce toxic content which adversely affects downstream water upon being released to water courses, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. casing, sealing, or otherwise managing boreholes, shafts, and wells and keeping acid or other toxic drainage from entering ground and surface waters;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. a. Conducting surface coal mining operations so as to&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">prevent, to the extent possible using the best technology currently available, additional contributions of suspended solids to streamflow, or runoff outside the permit area, but in no event shall contributions be in excess of requirements set by applicable state or federal law, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. constructing any siltation structures pursuant to this paragraph prior to commencement of surface coal mining operations. Such structures shall be certified by a qualified registered engineer to be constructed as designed and as approved in the reclamation plan;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Cleaning out and removing temporary or large settling ponds or other siltation structures from drainways after disturbed areas are revegetated and stabilized, and depositing the silt and debris at a site and in a manner approved by the Department;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Restoring recharge capacity of the mined area to approximate premining conditions;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Avoiding channel deepening or enlargement in operations requiring the discharge of water from mines;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Preserving throughout the mining and reclamation process the essential hydrologic functions of alluvial valley floors in the arid and semiarid areas of the country; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Such other actions as the Department may prescribe.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45752. Waste piles.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall design, locate, construct, operate, maintain, enlarge, modify and remove or abandon, in accordance with the standards and criteria developed by the Department, all existing and new coal mine waste piles consisting of mine wastes, tailings, coal processing wastes, or other liquid and solid wastes, and used either temporarily or permanently as dams or embankments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45753. Explosive Rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall insure that explosives are used only in accordance with existing state and federal law and the regulations promulgated by the Department, which shall require:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Adequate advance written notice to local governments and residents who might be affected by the use of such explosives by publication of the planned blasting schedule in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality, and by mailing a copy of the proposed blasting schedule to every resident living within onehalf (1/2) mile of the proposed blasting site and by providing daily notice to resident/occupiers in such areas prior to any blasting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Maintaining for a period of at least three (3) years and making available for public inspection upon request a log detailing the location of the blasts, the pattern and depth of the drill holes, the amount of explosives used per hole, and the order and length of delay in the blasts;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Limiting the type of explosives and detonating equipment, the size, the timing and frequency of blasts based upon the physical conditions of the site so as to prevent injury to persons, damage to public and private property outside the permit area, adverse impacts on any underground mine, and change in the course, channel, or availability of ground or surface water outside the permit area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. All blasting operations be conducted by trained and competent persons as certified by the Department; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Upon the request of a resident or owner of a manmade dwelling or structure within onehalf (1/2) mile of any portion of the permitted area the applicant or permittee shall conduct a preblasting survey of such structures and submit the survey to the Department and a copy to the resident or owner making the request. The area of the survey shall be decided by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45754. Reestablishment of native flora Length of liability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The operator shall establish on the regraded areas and all other lands affected, a diverse, effective and permanent vegetative cover of the same seasonal variety native to the area of land to be affected and capable of selfregeneration and plant succession at least equal in extent of cover to the natural vegetation of the area; except, that introduced species may be used in the revegetation process where desirable and necessary to achieve the approved postmining land use plan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The operator shall assume the responsibility for successful revegetation for a period of five (5) full years after the last year of augmented seeding, fertilizing, irrigation or other work in order to assure compliance with this section. In those areas or regions of Oklahoma, where the annual average precipitation is twentysix (26) inches or less as determined by the most recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Annual Summary of Climatological Data for Oklahoma, then the operator's assumption of responsibility and liability will extend for a period of ten (10) full years after the last year of augmented seeding, fertilizing, irrigation or other work. When the Department approves a longterm intensive agricultural postmining land use, the applicable five or tenyear period of responsibility for revegetation shall commence at the date of initial planting for such longterm intensive agricultural postmining land use. When the Department issues a written finding approving a longterm, intensive, agricultural postmining land use as part of the mining and reclamation plan, the Department may grant exception to the provisions of subsection A of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978; Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 26, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45754.1. Spoil material Placement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall place all excess spoil material resulting from coal surface mining and reclamation activities in such a manner that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Spoil is transported and placed in a controlled manner in position for concurrent compaction and in such a way to assure mass stability and to prevent mass movement;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The areas of disposal are within the bonded permit areas and all organic matter shall be removed immediately prior to spoil placement;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Appropriate surface and internal drainage systems and diversion ditches are used so as to prevent spoil erosion and movement;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The disposal area does not contain springs, natural water courses or wet weather seeps unless lateral drains are constructed from the wet areas to the main underdrains in such a manner that filtration of the water into the spoil pile will be prevented;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. If placed on a slope, the spoil is placed upon the most moderate slope among those upon which, in the judgment of the Department, the spoil could be placed in compliance with all the requirements of this act, and shall be placed, where possible, upon, or above, a natural terrace, bench, or berm, if such placement provides additional stability and prevents mass movement;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Where the toe of the spoil rests on a downslope, a rock toe buttress, of sufficient size to prevent mass movement, is constructed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The final configuration is compatible with the natural drainage pattern and surroundings and suitable for intended uses;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Design of the spoil disposal area is certified by a qualified registered professional engineer in conformance with professional standards; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. All other provisions of this act are met.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 27, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45754.2. Performance standards.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall also fulfill the following performance standards:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Conduct surface coal mining operations so as to maximize the utilization and conservation of the solid fuel resource being recovered so that reaffecting the land in the future through surface coal mining can be minimized;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Stabilize and protect all surface areas including spoil piles affected by the surface coal mining and reclamation operation to effectively control erosion and attendant air and water pollution;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Restore the topsoil or the best available subsoil which is best able to support vegetation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Insure that all debris, acidforming materials, toxic materials, or materials constituting a fire hazard are treated or buried and compacted or otherwise disposed of in a manner designed to prevent contamination of ground or surface waters and that contingency plans are developed to prevent sustained combustion;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Insure that the construction, maintenance and postmining conditions of access roads into and across the site of operations will control or prevent erosion and siltation, pollution of water, damage to fish or wildlife or their habitat, or public or private property;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Refrain from the construction of roads or other access ways up a stream bed or drainage channel or in such proximity to such channel so as to seriously alter the normal flow of water;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Protect offsite areas from slides or damage occurring during the surface coal mining and reclamation operations, and not deposit spoil material or locate any part of the operations or waste accumulations outside the permit area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. To the extent possible using the best technology currently available, minimize disturbances and adverse impacts of the operation on fish, wildlife, and related environmental values, and achieve enhancement of such resources where practicable;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Provide for an undisturbed natural barrier beginning at the elevation of the lowest coal seam to be mined and extending from the outslope for such distance as the Department shall determine shall be retained in place as a barrier to slides and erosion; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Meet such other criteria as are necessary to achieve reclamation in accordance with the purposes of this act, taking into consideration the physical, climatological, and other characteristics of the site.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 28, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45755. Steep slope surface mining Performance standards Exemptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following performance standards shall be applicable to steep slope surface coal mining and shall be in addition to those general performance standards required by this act. These provisions shall not apply to those situations in which an operator is mining on flat or gently rolling terrain, on which an occasional steep slope is encountered through which the mining operation is to proceed, leaving a plain or predominantly flat area.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The operator shall insure that when performing surface coal mining on steep slopes, no debris, abandoned or disabled equipment, spoil material, or waste mineral matter be placed on the downslope below the bench or mining cut;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Complete backfilling with spoil material shall be required to cover completely the highwall and return the site to the appropriate original contour, which material will maintain stability following mining and reclamation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The operator may not disturb land above the top of the highwall unless the Department finds that such disturbance will facilitate compliance with the environmental protection standards of this act. The land disturbed above the highwall shall be limited to that amount necessary to facilitate said compliance; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. For the purposes of this section, the term steep slope is any slope above twenty (20) degrees or such lesser slope as may be defined by the Department after consideration of soil, climate and other characteristics of a region or state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45756. Performance standards for removal of entire coal seam Postmining land use as condition for granting permit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Where a surface coal mining operation will remove an entire coal seam or seams running through the upper fraction of a mountain, ridge or hill by removing all of the overburden and creating a level plateau or a gently rolling contour with no highwalls remaining and which will be capable of supporting postmining uses in accordance with the requirements of this section, such operation shall require that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The toe of the lowest coal seam and the overburden associated with it are retained in place as a barrier to slides and erosion;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The reclaimed area is stable;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The resulting plateau or rolling contour drains inward from the outslopes except at specified points;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. No damage will be done to natural watercourses;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Spoil will be placed on the mountaintop bench as is necessary to achieve the planned postmining land use; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Stability of the spoil retained on the mountaintop is insured and meets the other requirements of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Such operation shall not be required to restore the original contour as provided in Section 747 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In cases where an industrial, commercial, agricultural, residential or public facility, including recreational facilities, use is proposed as the postmining use of the affected land, the Department may grant a permit for a surface mining operation of the nature described in this section if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The proposed postmining land use is deemed to constitute an equal or better economic or public use of the affected land, as compared with premining use after consultation with the appropriate land use planning agencies;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The applicant presents specific plans for the proposed postmining land use and appropriate assurances that such use will be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. compatible with adjacent land uses,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. obtainable according to data regarding expected need and market,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. assured of investment in necessary public facilities,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">d. supported by commitments from public agencies where appropriate,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">e. practicable with respect to private financial capability for completion of the proposed use,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">f. planned pursuant to a schedule attached to the reclamation plan so as to integrate the mining operation and reclamation with the postmining land use, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">g. designed by a registered engineer in conformance with professional standards established to assure the stability, drainage, and configuration necessary for the intended use of the site;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The proposed use would be consistent with adjacent land uses, and existing state and local land use plans and programs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Department provides the governing body of the unit of generalpurpose government in which the land is located and any state or federal agency which the Department, in its discretion, determines to have an interest in the proposed use, an opportunity of not more than sixty (60) days to review and comment on the proposed use;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. All other requirements of this act will be met.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978; Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 29, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45757. Prime farmland Soil restoration Exemptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the area proposed to be mined contains prime farmland, the Department shall, after consultation with the United States Secretary of Agriculture, and pursuant to regulations issued by the United States Secretary of the Interior with the concurrence of the United States Secretary of Agriculture, grant a permit to mine on prime farmland if the Department finds in writing that the operator has the technological capability to restore such mined area, within a reasonable time, to equivalent or higher levels of yield as nonmined prime farmland in the surrounding area under equivalent levels of management and can meet the soil reconstruction standards. The requirements of this section shall apply to all permits issued after August 3, 1977.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Nothing in this section shall apply to any permit issued prior to August 3, 1977, or to any revisions or renewals thereof, or to any existing surface mining operations for which a permit was issued prior to August 3, 1977.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The operator shall be required to segregate the A horizon of the natural soil, except where it can be shown that other available soil materials will create a final soil having a greater productive capacity; and if not utilized immediately, stockpile this material separately from other spoil, and provide needed protection from wind and water erosion or contamination by other acid or toxic material;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Segregate the B horizon of the natural soil, or underlying C horizons or other strata, or a combination of such horizons or other strata that are shown to be both texturally and chemically suitable for plant growth and that can be shown to be equally or more favorable for plant growth than the B horizon, in sufficient quantities to create in the regraded final soil a root zone of comparable depth and quality to that which existed in the natural soil; and if not utilized immediately, stockpile this material separately from other spoil, and provide needed protection from wind and water erosion or contamination by other acid or toxic material;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Replace and regrade the root zone material described in paragraph 2 above with proper compaction and uniform depth over the regraded spoil material; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Redistribute and grade in a uniform manner the surface soil horizon described in paragraph 1 of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45760. Mine operators Duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Each permit issued relating to underground coal mining shall require the operator to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Adopt measures consistent with known technology in order to prevent subsidence causing material damage to the extent technologically and economically feasible. The operator shall maximize mine stability and maintain the value and reasonably foreseeable use of surface lands, except in those instances when the mining technology used requires planned subsidence in a predictable and controlled manner. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to prohibit the standard method of room and pillar mining;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Seal all portals, entryways, drifts, shafts or other openings between the surface and underground mine working when no longer needed for the conduct of the mining operations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Fill or seal exploratory holes no longer necessary for mining, maximizing to the extent technologically and economically feasible the return of mine and processing waste, tailings and any other waste incident to the mining operation, to the mine workings or excavations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Stabilize, with respect to surface disposal of mine wastes, tailings, coal processing wastes and other wastes in areas other than the mine workings or excavations, all waste piles created by the permittee from current operations through construction in compacted layers including the use of incombustible and impervious materials if necessary. The operator shall assure that the leachate will not degrade below water quality standards established pursuant to applicable federal and state law surface or ground waters. The operator shall assure that the final contour of the waste accumulation will be compatible with natural surroundings and that the site is stabilized and revegetated according to the provisions of this section;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Design, locate, construct, operate, maintain, enlarge, modify and remove or abandon all existing and new coal mine waste piles consisting of mine wastes, tailings, coal processing wastes, or other liquid and solid wastes, and used either temporarily or permanently as dams or embankments as required by the Department;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Establish on regraded areas and all other lands affected, a diverse and permanent vegetative cover capable of selfregeneration and plant succession and at least equal in extent of cover to the natural vegetation of the area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Protect offsite areas from damages which may result from such mining operations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Eliminate fire hazards and otherwise eliminate conditions which constitute a hazard to the public health and safety;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Minimize the disturbances of the prevailing hydrologic balance at the minesite and in associated offsite areas and to the quantity of water in surface ground water systems both during and after coal mining operations and during reclamation by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. avoiding acid or other toxic mine drainage by such measures as, but not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(1) preventing or removing water from contact with toxic producing deposits,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(2) treating drainage to reduce toxic content which adversely affects downstream water upon being released to watercourses, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(3) casing, sealing or otherwise managing boreholes, shafts and wells to keep acid or other toxic drainage from entering ground and surface waters, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. conducting surface coal mining operations so as to prevent, to the extent possible using the best technology currently available, additional contributions of suspended solids to streamflow or runoff outside the permit area. In no event shall such contributions be in excess of requirements set by applicable state or federal law. The operator shall avoid channel deepening or enlargement in operations requiring the discharge of water from mines;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Operate, with respect to other surface impacts not specified in this section, including the construction of new roads or the improvement or use of existing roads to gain access to the site of such activities and for haulage, repair areas, storage areas, processing areas, shipping areas and other areas upon which are sited structures, facilities or other property or materials on the surface, resulting from or incident to such activities, in accordance with the standards established under this title for such effects which result from surface coal mining operations. The Department shall make such modifications in the requirements imposed by this paragraph as are necessary to accommodate the distinct difference between surface and underground coal mining;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Minimize, to the extent possible using the best technology currently available, disturbances and adverse impacts of the operation on fish, wildlife and related environmental values and achieve enhancement of such resources where practicable; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Locate openings for all new drift mines working acidproducing or ironproducing coal seams in such a manner as to prevent a gravity discharge of water from the mine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 20, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45760.1. Suspension of underground mining in certain areas.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In order to protect the stability of the land, the Department shall suspend underground coal mining under urbanized areas, cities, towns and communities and adjacent to industrial or commercial buildings, major impoundments or permanent streams if it finds imminent danger to inhabitants of the urbanized areas, cities, towns and communities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 30, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45760.2. Application of act to surface operations Modifications.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of this act relating to permits, bonds, inspections and enforcement, public review, and administrative and judicial review shall be applicable to surface operations and surface impacts incident to an underground coal mine with such modifications to the permit application requirements, permit approval or denial procedures, and bond requirements as are necessary to accommodate the distinct difference between surface and underground coal mining. The Department shall adopt such modifications.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 31, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45761. Licenses and permits Display Inspection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A copy of all current permits, licenses, approved plans or other authorizations to operate the mine shall be available for inspection at or near the mine site.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 21, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45765. Data collection and analysis.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department shall require any permittee to establish and maintain appropriate records, make monthly reports to the Department, install, use and maintain any necessary monitoring equipment or methods, evaluate results in accordance with such methods, at such locations, intervals and in such manner as the Department shall prescribe, and provide such other information relative to surface coal mining and reclamation operations as the Department deems reasonable and necessary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. For those surface coal mining and reclamation operations which remove or disturb strata that serve as aquifers which significantly insure the hydrologic balance of water use either on or off the mining site, the Department shall specify:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Monitoring sites to record the quantity and quality of surface drainage above and below the minesite as well as in the potential zone of influence;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Monitoring sites to record level, amount and samples of ground water and aquifers potentially affected by the mining and also directly below the lowermost (deepest) coal seam to be mined;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Records of well logs and borehole data to be maintained; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Monitoring sites to record precipitation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The monitoring data collection and analysis required by this section shall be conducted according to standards and procedures set forth by the Department in order to assure their reliability and validity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45766. Right of entry Inspections Signs Violations Public inspection of records, etc.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The representatives of the Department may enter upon the lands of the operator at all times deemed reasonable and necessary by the Department without advance notice and upon presentation of appropriate credentials for the purpose of inspection, to determine whether the provisions of this act have been complied with, and may at reasonable times, and without delay, have access to and copy any records, inspect any monitoring equipment or method of operation required under this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The inspections by the Department shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Occur on an irregular basis averaging at least one partial inspection per month for each active surface coal mining and reclamation operation covered by permit. Partial inspections on each inactive surface coal mining and reclamation operation covered by permit shall be conducted as necessary to ensure the effective enforcement of this act. At least one complete inspection shall be conducted per calendar quarter on each active and inactive surface coal mining and reclamation operation covered by permit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For the purpose of this section, an inactive surface coal mining and reclamation operation is defined as those operations which have obtained at least a sixty percent (60%) bond release pursuant to paragraph 1 of subsection A of Section 772 of this title. All other surface coal mining operations shall be considered as active;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Occur without prior notice to the permittee or his agents or employees except for necessary onsite meetings with the permittee; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Include the filing of inspection reports adequate to enforce the requirements of and to carry out the terms and purposes of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Each permittee shall maintain in a conspicuous place at the entrances to the surface coal mining and reclamation operations clearly visible signs which set forth the name, business address and phone number of the permittee and the permit number of the surface coal mining and reclamation operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Each inspector, upon detection of each violation of any requirement of this act, shall immediately inform the operator in writing of the violation, and shall report in writing any such violation to the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Copies of any records, reports, inspection materials or information obtained under this act by the Department shall be made immediately available for inspection by the public at central and sufficient locations designated by the Department in the county, multicounty and state area of mining so that they are conveniently available to residents in the areas of mining, excepting such information required to be kept confidential by this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1984, c. 248, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. May 29, 1984. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45767. Conflicts of interest Violations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No employee of the Department of Mines or any other state employee performing any function or duty under this act shall be directly or indirectly interested in any mining operation, or any contract for purchase of any property or construction or any work for any mining operation. Any person who knowingly violates the provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction shall be punished by incarceration for a period not to exceed one (1) year or a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or both.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 34, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45768. Reports of violations of act Informal review Inspection procedure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any person who is or may be adversely affected by a surface mining operation may notify the Chief Mine Inspector or any representative of the Chief Mine Inspector responsible for conducting the inspection, in writing, of any violation of this act which he has reason to believe exists at the surface mining site. If the person who is or may be adversely affected by surface mining operations states in such writing that he desires the source of the complaint or writing kept confidential, the Department shall maintain such information in confidence. The Chief Mine Inspector shall, by regulation, establish procedures for informal review of any refusal by a representative of the Chief Mine Inspector to issue a citation with respect to any such alleged violation. The Chief Mine Inspector shall furnish such persons requesting the review a written statement of the reasons for the Chief Mine Inspector's final disposition of the case.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Chief Mine Inspector shall also, by regulation, establish procedures to ensure that adequate and complete inspections are made. Any such person may notify the Chief Mine Inspector of any failure to make such inspections, after which the Chief Mine Inspector shall determine whether adequate and complete inspections have been made. The Chief Mine Inspector shall furnish such persons a written statement of the reasons for the Chief Mine Inspector's determination that adequate and complete inspections have or have not been conducted.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1985, c. 339, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. July 30, 1985. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45769. Civil penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. In the enforcement of a state program pursuant to this act any operator who violates any permit condition or who violates any other provision of this act may be assessed a civil penalty by the Department except that if such violation leads to the issuance of a cessation order under this act, the civil penalty shall be assessed. Such penalty shall not exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for each violation. Each day of continuing violation may be deemed a separate violation for purposes of penalty assessments. In determining the amount of the penalty, consideration shall be given to the operator's history of previous violations at the particular surface coal mining operation; the seriousness of the violation, including any irreparable harm to the environment and any hazard to the health or safety of the public; whether the permittee was negligent; and the demonstrated good faith of the permittee charged in attempting to achieve rapid compliance after notification of the violation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. A civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department only after the person charged with a violation described under subsection A of this section has been given an opportunity for a public hearing. Where such a public hearing has been held, the Chief Mine Inspector shall make findings of fact, and he shall issue a written decision as to the occurrence of the violation and the amount of the penalty which is warranted, incorporating, when appropriate, an order therein requiring that the penalty be paid. When appropriate, the Chief Mine Inspector shall consolidate such hearings with other proceedings under this act. Any hearing under this section shall be of record. Where the person charged with such a violation fails to avail himself of the opportunity for a public hearing, a civil penalty shall be assessed by the Chief Mine Inspector after the Chief Mine Inspector has determined that a violation did occur, and the amount of the penalty which is warranted, and has issued an order requiring that the penalty be paid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Upon the issuance of a notice or order charging that a violation of this act has occurred, the Department shall inform the operator within thirty (30) days of the proposed amount of said penalty. The person charged with the penalty shall then have thirty (30) days to pay the proposed penalty in full or, if the person wishes to contest either the amount of the penalty or the fact of the violation, forward the proposed amount to the Department for placement in an escrow account. If through administrative or judicial review of the proposed penalty, it is determined that no violation occurred, or that the amount of the penalty should be reduced, the Department shall within thirty (30) days remit the appropriate amount to the person, with interest at the rate of six percent (6%), or at the prevailing United States Department of the Treasury rate, whichever is greater. Failure to forward the money to the Department within thirty (30) days shall result in a waiver of all legal rights to contest the violation or the amount of the penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Civil penalties owed under this act may be recovered in a civil action brought by the Attorney General at the request of the Chief Mine Inspector in any appropriate district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Any person who willfully and knowingly violates a condition of a permit issued pursuant to this act or fails or refuses to comply with any order issued under this act, or any order incorporated in a final decision issued by the Chief Mine Inspector under this act except an order incorporated in a decision issued under subsection B of this section, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Whenever a corporate permittee violates a condition of a permit issued pursuant to this act or fails or refuses to comply with any order issued under this act, or any order incorporated in a final decision issued by the Chief Mine Inspector under this act except an order incorporated in a decision issued under subsection B of this section, any director, officer or agent of such corporation who willfully and knowingly authorized, ordered or carried out such violation, failure or refusal shall be subject to the same civil penalties, fines and imprisonment that may be imposed upon a person under subsections A and E of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. Whoever knowingly makes any false statement, representation or certification, or knowingly fails to make any statement, representation or certification in any application, record, report, plan or other document filed or required to be maintained pursuant to this act or any order of decision issued by the Department under this act, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Any operator who fails to correct a violation for which a citation has been issued within the period permitted for its correction shall be assessed a civil penalty of not less than Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00) for each day during which such failure or violation continues.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The period permitted for corrections of violations shall not end until:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The entry of a final order by the Department after an expedited hearing, as provided by Section 53 of this act, which ordered the suspension of the abatement requirements of the citation because it was determined that the operator will suffer irreparable loss or damage from the application of the abatement requirements; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The entry of an order by a court in any review proceedings initiated by the operator in which the court orders the suspension of the abatement requirements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. Any person who shall, except as permitted by law, willfully resist, prevent, impede or interfere with the Chief Mine Inspector or any of the agents or employees of the Department in the performance of duties pursuant to this act shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 36, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45770. Release of performance bond or deposit Application.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The permittee may file a request with the Department for the release of all or part of a performance bond or deposit. Within thirty (30) days after any application for bond or deposit release has been filed with the Department, the operator shall submit a copy of an advertisement placed at least once a week for four (4) successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality of the surface coal mining operation. Such advertisement shall be considered part of any bond release application and shall contain a notification of the precise location of the land affected, the number of acres, the permit and the date approved, the amount of the bond filed and the portion sought to be released, and the type and appropriate dates of reclamation work performed and a description of the results achieved as they relate to the operator's approved reclamation plan. In addition, as part of any bond release application, the applicant shall submit copies of letters which he has sent to adjoining property owners, local governmental bodies, planning agencies and sewage and water treatment authorities or water districts in the districts in which the surface coal mining and reclamation activities took place, notifying them of his intention to seek release from the bond.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 37, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45771. Release of performance bond or deposit Inspection and evaluation of reclamation work.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Upon receipt of the notification and request, the Department shall within thirty (30) days conduct an inspection and evaluation of the reclamation work involved. Such evaluation shall consider, among other things, the degree of difficulty to complete any remaining reclamation, whether pollution of surface and subsurface water is occurring, the probability of continuance or future occurrence of such pollution, and the estimated cost of abating such pollution. The Department shall notify the permittee in writing of its decision to release or not to release all or part of the performance bond or deposit within sixty (60) days from the filing of the request, if no public hearing is held and if there has been a public hearing held within thirty (30) days thereafter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 38, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45772. Release of performance bond or deposit Schedule of release Disapproval of application Protection of affected area.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department may release in whole or in part the bond or deposit if the Department is satisfied the reclamation covered by the bond or deposit or portion thereof has been accomplished as required by this act according to the following schedule:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. When the operator completes the backfilling, regrading and drainage control of a bonded area in accordance with his approved reclamation plan, the release of sixty percent (60%) of the bond or collateral for the applicable permit area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. After revegetation has been established on the regraded mined lands in accordance with the approved reclamation plan. When determining the amount of bond to be released after successful revegetation has been established, the Department shall retain that amount of bond for the revegetated area which would be sufficient for a third party to cover the cost of reestablishing revegetation and for the period specified for operator responsibility of reestablishing revegetation. No part of the bond or deposit shall be released under this paragraph so long as the lands to which the release would be applicable are contributing suspended solids to streamflow or runoff outside the permit area in excess of the requirements set by law. No part of the bond shall be released until soil productivity for prime farmlands has returned to equivalent levels of yield as nonmined land of the same soil type in the surrounding area under equivalent management practices as determined from the soil survey. When a silt dam is to be retained as a permanent impoundment, the remaining portion of bond may be released under this paragraph so long as provisions for sound future maintenance by the operator or the landowner have been made with the Department; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. When the operator has completed successfully all surface coal mining and reclamation activities, the release of the remaining portion of the bond, but not before the expiration of the period specified for operator responsibility. No bond shall be fully released until all reclamation requirements of this act are fully met.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If the Department disapproves the application for release of the bond or portion thereof, the Department shall notify the permittee in writing, stating the reasons for disapproval and recommending corrective actions necessary to secure said release and allowing opportunity for a public hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. In order to protect areas affected by surface coal mining activities and the surface effects of underground coal mines, no oil or gas drilling activities shall be commenced or continued in any mine permit area while the reclamation bond or any portion thereof remains in effect, without the written approval of the Director.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department shall issue rules and regulations establishing criteria and conditions for the approval of the Director under this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 39, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45773. Release of performance bond or deposit Notice to municipalities Objections Hearings Informal conference Authority of department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. When any application for total or partial bond release is filed with the Department, the Department shall notify any municipality in which a surface coal mining operation is located by certified mail at least thirty (30) days prior to the release of all or a portion of the bond.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any person with a valid legal interest which might be adversely affected by release of the bond or the responsible administration officer of any federal, state or local governmental agency which has jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to any environmental, social or economic impact involved in the operation, or is authorized to develop and enforce environmental standards with respect to such operations, shall have the right to file written objections to the proposed release from bond to the Department within thirty (30) days after the last publication of the above notice. If written objections are filed and a hearing requested, the Department shall inform all the interested parties of the time and place of the hearing, and hold a public hearing in the locality of the surface coal mining operation proposed for bond release within thirty (30) days of the request for such hearing. The date, time and location of such public hearings shall be advertised as frequently as possible by the Department in each issue of a newspaper of general circulation in the locality for two (2) consecutive weeks, and shall hold a public hearing in the locality of the surface coal mining operation proposed for bond release or at the State Capitol Building at the option of the objector within thirty (30) days of the request for such hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Without prejudice to the rights of the objectors, to the rights of applicant, or to the responsibilities of the Department pursuant to this section, the Department may establish an informal conference to resolve such written objections.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. For the purpose of such hearing the Department shall have the authority, pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, and is hereby empowered to administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, or written or printed materials, compel the attendance of witnesses, or production of the materials, and take evidence including but not limited to inspections of the land affected and other surface coal mining operations carried on by the applicant in the general vicinity. A verbatim record of each public hearing required by this act shall be made, and a transcript made available on the motion of any party or by order of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 40, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45774. Civil actions to compel compliance with act Exceptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, any person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected may commence a civil action on his own behalf to compel compliance with this act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Against any governmental instrumentality or agency to the extent permitted by the Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which is alleged to be in violation of the provisions of this act or of any rule, regulation, order or permit issued pursuant thereto, or against any other person who is alleged to be in violation of any rule, regulation, order or permit issued pursuant to this act; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Against the Department to the extent permitted by the Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution of the United States where there is alleged a failure of the Department to perform any act or duty under this act which is not discretionary with the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. No action may be commenced:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Under paragraph 1 of subsection A of this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;prior to sixty (60) days after the plaintiff has given notice in writing of the violation to the Department, and to any alleged violator, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;if the Department has commenced and is diligently prosecuting a civil action in a court of this state to require compliance with the provisions of this act, or any rule, regulation, order or permit issued pursuant to this act, but in any such action in a court of this state any person may intervene as a matter of right; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Under paragraph 2 of subsection A of this section prior to sixty (60) days after the plaintiff has given notice in writing of such action to the Department, in such manner as the Department shall by regulation prescribe, except that such action may be brought immediately after such notification in the case where the violation or order complained of constitutes an imminent threat to the health or safety of the plaintiff or would immediately affect a legal interest of the plaintiff.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Any action respecting a violation of this act or the regulations thereunder may be brought only in the judicial district in which the surface coal mining operation complained of is located. In such action under this section, the Department, if not a party, may intervene as a matter of right.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The court, in issuing any final order in any action brought pursuant to subsection A of this section, may award costs of litigation, including attorney and expert witness fees, to any party, whenever the court determines such award is appropriate. The court may, if a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction is sought, require the filing of a bond or equivalent security.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Nothing in this section shall restrict any right which any person, or class of persons, may have under any statute or common law to seek enforcement of any of the provisions of this act and the regulations thereunder, or to seek any other relief including relief against the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Any person who is injured in his person or property through the violation by any operator of any rule, regulation, order or permit issued pursuant to this act may bring an action for damages, including reasonable attorney and expert witness fees, only in the judicial district in which the surface coal mining operation complained of is located. Nothing in this subsection shall affect the rights established by or limits imposed under Oklahoma Workers' Compensation laws.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1983, c. 39, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 20, 1983. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45775. Inspection of violations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever the Department has reason to believe that any person is in violation of any requirement of this act or any permit condition required by this act, the Department shall immediately order inspection of the surface coal mining operation at which the alleged violation is occurring unless the information available to the Department is a result of a previous inspection of such surface coal mining operation. When the inspection results from information provided to the Department by any person, the Department shall notify such person when the inspection is proposed to be carried out and such person shall be allowed to accompany the inspector during the inspection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 42, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45776. Conditions or practices in violation of act Cessation order Additional obligations on operator.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If, on the basis of any inspection, the Department determines that any unacceptable condition or practice exists, or that any permittee is in violation of any requirement of this act or any permit condition required by this act, which condition, practice or violation also creates an imminent danger to the health or safety of the public, or is causing, or can reasonably be expected to cause significant, imminent environmental harm to land, air or water resources, the Department shall immediately order a cessation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations or the portion thereof relevant to the condition, practice or violation. Such cessation order shall remain in effect until the Department determines that the condition, practice or violation has been abated, or until modified, vacated or terminated by the Department. If the Department finds that the ordered cessation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations, or any portion thereof, will not completely abate the imminent danger to the health or safety of the public or the significant imminent environmental harm to land, air or water resources, the Department shall, in addition to the cessation order, impose affirmative obligations on the operator requiring him to take whatever steps the Department deems necessary to abate the imminent danger or the significant environmental harm.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 43, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45777. Abatement of violation Notice Hearing Cessation orders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the Department determines that any permittee is in violation of any requirement of this act or any permit condition required by this act, but such violation does not create an imminent danger to the health or safety of the public, or cannot be reasonably expected to cause significant, imminent environmental harm to land, air or water resources, the Department shall issue a notice to the permittee or his agent fixing a reasonable time not to exceed ninety (90) days for the abatement of the violation and providing opportunity for public hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If, upon expiration of the period of time as originally fixed or subsequently extended, for good cause shown and upon the written finding of the Department, the Department finds that the violation has not been abated, it shall immediately order a cessation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations or the portion thereof relevant to the violation. Such cessation order shall remain in effect until the Department determines that the violation has been abated, or until modified, vacated or terminated by the Department. In the order of cessation issued by the Department under this section, the Department shall determine the steps necessary to abate the violation in the most expeditious manner possible, and shall include the necessary measures to abate in the order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 44, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45778. Suspension or revocation of permit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the Department determines that a pattern of violations of any requirements of this act exists or has existed, and if the Department also finds that such violations are caused by the unwarranted or willful failure of the permittee to comply with any requirements of this act, the Department shall immediately issue an order to the permittee to show cause as to why the permit should not be suspended or revoked and shall provide opportunity for a public hearing. If a hearing is requested the Department shall inform all interested parties of the time and place of the hearing. Upon the permittee's failure to show cause as to why the permit should not be suspended or revoked, the Department shall immediately suspend or revoke the permit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 45, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45779. Notices and orders Requirements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Notices and orders issued pursuant to Sections 42 through 45 of this act shall set forth with reasonable specificity the nature of the violation and the remedial action required, the period of time established for abatement, and a reasonable description of the portion of the surface coal mining and reclamation operation to which the notice or order applies. Each notice or order issued under this section shall be given promptly to the permittee or his agent by the Department and all such notices and orders shall be in writing and shall be signed. Any notice or order issued pursuant to this section may be modified, vacated or terminated by the Department. Any notice or order which requires cessation of mining by the operator shall expire within thirty (30) days of actual notice to the operator unless a public hearing is held at the site or within such reasonable proximity to the site that any viewings of the site can be conducted during the course of public hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 46, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45780. Action for damages and expenses Injunctions, restraining orders or other orders Jurisdiction Relief.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Attorney General, upon request of the Department, shall institute proceedings to recover any damages and expense which the Department may have sustained by reason of the default of the operator. Such proceedings shall be brought against the operator and surety either in Oklahoma County or the county in which the violation occurred.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department may request the Attorney General to institute a civil action for relief, including a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order or any other appropriate order in the district court for the district in which the surface coal mining and reclamation operation is located or in which the permittee thereof has his principal office, whenever such permittee or his agent:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Violates or fails or refuses to comply with any order or decision issued by the Department under this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Interferes with, hinders or delays the Department in carrying out the provisions of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Refuses to admit authorized representatives of the Department to the mine;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Refuses to permit inspection of the mine by authorized representatives of the Department;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Refuses to furnish any information or report requested by the Department in furtherance of the provisions of this act; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Refuses to permit access to, and copying of, such records as the Department determines necessary in carrying out the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The court shall have jurisdiction to provide such relief as may be appropriate. Any relief granted by the court to enforce an order under paragraph 1 of this section shall continue in effect until the completion or final termination of all proceedings for review of such order under this title, unless the district court granting such relief sets it aside or modifies it.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 47, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45781. Land unsuitable for certain types of surface coal mining operations Designation Criteria.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department shall establish a planning process enabling objective decisions based upon competent and scientifically sound data and information as to which, if any, land areas or this state are unsuitable for all or certain types of surface coal mining operations pursuant to the standards set forth in this section but such designation shall not prevent the mineral exploration pursuant to this act of any area so designated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Upon petition, the Department shall designate an area as unsuitable for all or certain types of surface coal mining operations if the Department determines that reclamation pursuant to the requirements of this act is not technologically and economically feasible.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Upon petition, a surface area may be designated unsuitable for certain types of surface coal mining operations if such operations will:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Be incompatible with existing state or local land use plans or programs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Affect fragile or historic lands in which such operations could result in significant damage to important historic, cultural, scientific and esthetic values and natural systems;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Affect renewable resource lands in which such operations could result in a substantial loss or reduction of longrange productivity of water supply or of food or fiber products, and such lands to include aquifers and aquifer recharge areas; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Affect natural hazard lands in which such operations could substantially endanger life and property, such lands to include areas subject to frequent flooding and areas of unstable geology.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Determinations of the unsuitability of land for surface coal mining, as provided for in this section, shall be integrated as closely as possible with present and future land use planning and regulation processes at the federal, state and local levels.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The requirements of this section shall not apply to lands on which surface coal mining operations were being conducted on August 3, 1977, or under a permit issued pursuant to this act or the Coal Reclamation Act of 1978, or where substantial legal and financial commitments in such operation were in existence prior to January 4, 1977.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45782. Petition to designate area as unsuitable for surface coal mining operations Hearing Decision Impact statement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected shall have the right to petition the Department to have an area designated as unsuitable for surface coal mining operations or to have such a designation terminated. Such a petition shall contain allegations of facts with supporting evidence which would tend to establish the allegations. Within ten (10) months after receipt of the petition the Department shall hold a public hearing in the locality of the affected area, after appropriate notice and publication of the date, time and location of such hearing. After a person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected has filed a petition and before the hearing, as required by this section, any person may intervene by filing allegations of facts with supporting evidence which would tend to establish the allegations. Within sixty (60) days after such hearing, the Department shall issue and furnish to the petitioner and any other party to the hearing, a written decision regarding the petition, and the reasons therefor. In the event that all the petitioners stipulate agreement prior to the requested hearing, and withdraw their request, such hearing need not be held.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Prior to designating any land areas as unsuitable for surface coal mining operations, the Department shall prepare a detailed statement on the potential coal resources of the area, the demand for coal resources, and the impact of such designation on the environment, the economy and the supply of coal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 49, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45783. Limitations on surface coal mining operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">After August 3, 1977, and subject to valid existing rights, no surface coal mining operations except those which existed on August 3, 1977, shall be permitted:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Within one hundred (100) feet of the outside rightofway line of any public road, except where mine access roads or haulage roads join such rightofway line and except that the Department may permit such roads to be relocated or the area affected to lie within one hundred (100) feet of such road, if after public notice and opportunity for public hearing in the locality a written finding is made that the interests of the public and the landowners affected thereby will be protected;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Within three hundred (300) feet from any occupied dwelling, unless waived by the owner thereof, nor within three hundred (300) feet of any public building, school, church, community or institutional building, public park, or within one hundred (100) feet of a cemetery;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Within twentyfive (25) feet plus one and onehalf (1 1/2) times the depth of the surface cut from the property line of an adjacent property owner, if the surface cut removes and does not replace lateral support, unless there is written agreement between the operator and the adjacent property owner; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. On any land prohibited by federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 50, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45784. Cooperative agreements with federal government.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department shall have the authority to enter into cooperative agreements with the United States Secretary of the Interior to provide for departmental regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations on federal lands within Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 51, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45785. Compliance with act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every agency, unit, or instrumentality of federal, state or local government, including any publicly owned utility or publicly owned corporation of federal, state, or local government, which proposes to engage in surface coal mining operations which are subject to the requirements of this act shall comply with the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 52, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45786. Review of notices or order or modification, vacation or termination of notices or orders Application Investigation Hearing Temporary relief Suspension or revocation of permit Costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A permittee issued a notice or order by the Department pursuant to the provisions of this act or any person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected by such notice or order or by any modification, vacation or termination of such notice or order, may apply to the Chief Mine Inspector for review of the notice or order within thirty (30) days of receipt thereof or within thirty (30) days of its modification, vacation or termination. Upon receipt of such application, the Chief Mine Inspector shall cause such investigation to be made as it deems appropriate. Such investigation shall provide an opportunity for a public hearing, at the request of the applicant or the person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected, to enable the applicant or such person to present information relating to the issuance and continuance of such notice or order or the modification, vacation or termination thereof. The filing of an application for review under this subsection shall not operate as a stay of any order or notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The permittee and other interested persons shall be given written notice of the time and place of the hearing at least five (5) days prior thereto. Any such hearing shall be of record.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Upon receiving the report of such investigation, the Chief Mine Inspector shall make findings of fact, and shall issue a written decision, incorporating therein an order vacating, affirming, modifying or terminating the notice or order, or the modification, vacation or termination of such notice or order complained of and incorporate his findings therein. Where the application for review concerns an order for cessation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations issued pursuant to the provisions of this title, the Chief Mine Inspector shall issue the written decision within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the application for review, unless temporary relief has been granted by the Chief Mine Inspector pursuant to this section or by the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Pending completion of the investigation and hearing required by this section, the applicant may file with the Chief Mine Inspector a written request that the Chief Mine Inspector grant temporary relief from any notice or order issued together with a detailed statement giving reasons for granting such relief. The Chief Mine Inspector shall issue an order or decision granting or denying such relief expeditiously. Where the applicant requests relief from an order for cessation of coal mining and reclamation operations, the order or decision on such a request shall be issued within five (5) days of its receipt. The Chief Mine Inspector may grant such relief, under such conditions as it may prescribe, if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A hearing has been held in the locality of the permit area on the request for temporary relief in which all parties were given an opportunity to be heard;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The applicant shows that there is substantial likelihood that the findings of the Chief Mine Inspector will be favorable to him; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Such relief will not adversely affect the health or safety of the public or cause significant, imminent environmental harm to land, air or water resources.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Following the issuance of an order to show cause as to why a permit should not be suspended or revoked, the Chief Mine Inspector shall hold a public hearing after giving written notice of the time, place and date. Any such hearing shall be of record. Within sixty (60) days following the public hearing, the Chief Mine Inspector shall issue and furnish to the permittee and all other parties to the hearing a written decision, and the reasons therefor, concerning suspension or revocation of the permit. If the Chief Mine Inspector revokes the permit, the permittee shall immediately cease surface coal mining operations on the permit area and shall complete reclamation within a period specified by the Chief Mine Inspector, or the Chief Mine Inspector shall declare as forfeited the performance bonds for the operation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Whenever an order is issued under this section, or as a result of any administrative proceeding under this act, at the request of any person, a sum equal to the aggregate amount of all costs and expenses, including attorney fees, as determined by the Chief Mine Inspector to have been reasonably incurred by such person for or in connection with his participation in such proceedings, including any judicial review of agency actions, may be assessed against any party or the Department as the court, resulting from judicial review or the Chief Mine Inspector, resulting from administrative proceedings, deems proper.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1983, c. 39, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 20, 1983. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45787. Appeal of order or other action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any order or other action of the Department or the Chief Mine Inspector shall beappealable when entered, as provided in Sections 318 et seq. of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 54, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45788. Enforcement or protection of interest in water resources Replacement of water supply.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Nothing in this act shall be construed as affecting in any way the right of any person to enforce or protect, under applicable law, his interest in water resources affected by a surface coal mining operation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The operator of a surface coal mine shall replace the water supply of an owner of interest in real property who obtains all or part of his supply of water for domestic, agricultural, industrial or other legitimate use from an underground or surface source where such supply has been affected by contamination, diminution or interruption proximately resulting from such surface coal mine operation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 55, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45789. Rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department shall adopt and promulgate all necessary rules and regulations including rules and regulations for hearings and appeals, subject to the provisions of this act and the Administrative Procedures Act, for the implementation of this act. Provided, the Department shall coordinate its regulations with the Office of Surface Mining to ensure consistency in regulatory actions and that state interpretations of the law and regulations are not more restrictive than those of the Office of Surface Mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1983, c. 39, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. April 20, 1983. Amended by Laws 1983, c. 39, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. April 20, 1983. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45790. Unconstitutionality of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (P.L. 9587).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any provisions of this act are required by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (P.L. 9587) and any section, clause or phrase of that Act on which this act is based is declared unconstitutional or invalid by a court having jurisdiction over the State of Oklahoma, the Department may suspend the enforcement of that provision of this act for up to twelve (12) months, and shall immediately notify the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 57, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45791. Federal rules and regulations Compliance Reimbursement for costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Section 763. In compliance with all federal laws, rules and regulations, the Department shall take any such action as it shall deem necessary to make such compliance. The Department shall make every effort to obtain full reimbursement from the Director of the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation for the costs of performing its duties under this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 23, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978; Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 59, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45791.1. Alternative reclamation practices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In order to encourage advances in mining and reclamation practices or to allow postmining land use for industrial, commercial, residential or public use (including recreation facilities), the Department with approval by the Secretary of the Interior may authorize departures in individual cases on an experimental basis from the environmental protection performance standards promulgated under Sections 746 through paragraph 2 of Section 760 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Such practices may be authorized if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The experimental practices are potentially more or at least as environmentally protective, during and after mining operations, as those required by promulgated standards;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The mining operations approved for particular land use or other purposes are not larger or more numerous than necessary to determine the effectiveness and economic feasibility of the experimental practices; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The experimental practices do not reduce the protection afforded public health and safety below that provided by promulgated standards.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 248, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. May 29, 1984. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45792. Assistance of state agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Section 764. The Department is authorized to call upon the expertise of all state agencies in the implementation of this act. All state agencies shall provide any assistance as available on the request of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 10, &sect; 24, emerg. eff. Feb. 2, 1978; Laws 1979, c. 249, &sect; 59, emerg. eff. June 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45793. Federally inspected reclamation activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">During any action under which the Office of Surface Mining, Department of the Interior, assumes responsibility for the inspection and enforcement of surface coal mining and reclamation activities in the State of Oklahoma under the authority granted by 30 U.S.C. 1271, the Department may inspect such surface coal mining and reclamation activities on a less frequent basis than required under Section 766 of Title 45 of the Oklahoma Statutes until full authority for inspection and enforcement is regained from the Office of Surface Mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 248, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. May 29, 1984. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-801. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-802. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-803. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-804. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-805. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-806. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-807. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-808. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-809. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-810. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-811. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-812. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-813. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-814. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-815. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 226, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45851. Text of Compact.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Interstate Mining Compact is hereby entered into by this state with any and all other states legally joining therein in accordance with its terms, in the form substantially as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE I. FINDING AND PURPOSES&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) The party states find that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Mining and the contributions thereof to the economy and wellbeing of every state are of basic significance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The effects of mining on the availability of land, water and other resources for other uses present special problems which properly can be approached only with due consideration for the rights and interests of those engaged in mining, those using or proposing to use these resources for other purposes, and the public.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Measures for the reduction of the adverse effects of mining on land, water and other resources may be costly and the devising of means to deal with them are of both public and private concern.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Such variables as soil structure and composition, physiography, climatic conditions, and the needs of the public make impracticable the application to all mining areas of a single standard for the conservation, adaptation, or restoration of mined land, or the development of mineral and other natural resources; but justifiable requirements of law and practice relating to the effects of mining on land, water, and other resources may be reduced in equity or effectiveness unless they pertain similarly from state to state for all mining operations similarly situated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The states are in a position and have the responsibility to assure that mining shall be conducted in accordance with sound conservation principles, and with due regard for local conditions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) The purposes of this compact are to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Advance the protection and restoration of land, water and other resources affected by mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Assist in the reduction or elimination or counteracting of pollution or deterioration of land, water and air attributable to mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Encourage, with due recognition of relevant regional, physical, and other differences, programs in each of the party states which will achieve comparable results in protecting, conserving, and improving the usefulness of natural resources, to the end that the most desirable conduct of mining and related operations may be universally facilitated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Assist the party states in their efforts to facilitate the use of land and other resources affected by mining, so that such use may be consistent with sound land use, public health, and public safety, and to this end to study and recommend, wherever desirable, techniques for the improvement, restoration or protection of such land and other resources.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Assist in achieving and maintaining an efficient and productive mining industry and in increasing economic and other benefits attributable to mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE II. DEFINITIONS&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in this compact, the term:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) "Mining" means the breaking of the surface soil in order to facilitate or accomplish the extraction or removal of minerals, ores, or other solid matter; any activity or process constituting all or part of a process for the extraction or removal of minerals, ores, and other solid matter from its original location; and the preparation, washing, cleaning or other treatment of minerals, ores or other solid matter so as to make them suitable for commercial, industrial or construction use; but shall not include those aspects of deep mining not having significant effect on the surface, and shall not include excavation or grading when conducted solely in aid of on site farming or construction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) "State" means a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a Territory or Possession of the United States.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE III. STATE PROGRAMS&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Each party state agrees that within a reasonable time it will formulate and establish an effective program for the conservation and use of mined land, by the establishment of standards, enactment of laws or the continuing of the same in force, to accomplish:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The protection of the public and the protection of adjoining and other landowners from damage to their lands and the structures and other property thereon resulting from the conduct of mining operations or the abandonment or neglect of land and property formerly used in the conduct of such operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The conduct of mining and the handling of refuse and other mining wastes in ways that will reduce adverse effects on the economic, residential, recreational or aesthetic value and utility of land and water.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The institution and maintenance of suitable programs for adaptation, restoration and rehabilitation of mined lands.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The prevention, abatement and control of water, air and soil pollution resulting from mining, present, past and future.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE IV. POWERS&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In addition to any other powers conferred upon the Interstate Mining Commission, established by Article V of this compact, such Commission shall have power to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Study mining operations, processes and techniques for the purpose of gaining knowledge concerning the effects of such operations, processes and techniques on land, soil, water, air, plant and animal life, recreation and patterns of community or regional development or change.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Study the conservation, adaptation, improvement and restoration of land and related resources affected by mining.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Make recommendations concerning any aspect or aspects of law or practice and governmental administration dealing with matters within the purview of this compact.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Gather and disseminate information relating to any of the matters within the purview of this compact.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Cooperate with the federal government and any public or private entities having interests in any subject coming within the purview of this compact.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Consult, upon the request of a party state and within resources available therefor, with the officials of such state in respect to any problem within the purview of this compact.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Study and make recommendations with respect to any practice, process, technique, or course of action that may improve the efficiency of mining or the economic yield from mining operations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Study and make recommendations relating to the safeguarding of access to resources which are or may become the subject of mining operations to the end that the needs of the economy for the products of mining may not be adversely affected by unplanned or inappropriate use of land and other resources containing minerals or otherwise connected with actual or potential mining sites.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE V. THE COMMISSION&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) There is hereby created an agency of the party states to be known as the "Interstate Mining Commission", hereinafter called "the Commission". The Commission shall be composed of one commissioner from each party state who shall be the Governor thereof. Pursuant to the laws of his party state, each Governor shall have the assistance of an advisory body (including membership from mining industries, conservation interests and such other public and private interests as may be appropriate) in considering problems relating to mining and in discharging his responsibilities as the commissioner of his state on the Commission. In any instance where a Governor is unable to attend a meeting of the Commission or perform any other function in connection with the business of the Commission, he shall designate an alternate, from among the members of the advisory body required by this paragraph, who shall represent him and act in his place and stead. The designation of an alternate shall be communicated by the Governor to the Commission in such manner as its bylaws may provide.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) The commissioners shall be entitled to one vote each on the Commission. No action of the Commission making a recommendation pursuant to Articles IV3, IV7 and IV8 or requesting, accepting or disposing of funds, services or other property pursuant to this paragraph, Articles V(g), V(h), or VII shall be valid unless taken at a meeting at which a majority of the total number of votes on the Commission is cast in favor thereof. All other action shall be by a majority of those present and voting: provided that action of the Commission shall be only at a meeting at which a majority of the commissioners, or their alternates, is present. The Commission may establish and maintain such facilities as may be necessary for the transacting of its business. The Commission may acquire, hold and convey real and personal property and any interest therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(c) The Commission shall have a seal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(d) The Commission shall elect annually, from among its members, a Chairman, a Vice Chairman and a Treasurer. The Commission shall appoint an Executive Director and fix his duties and compensation. Such Executive Director shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission. The Executive Director, the Treasurer and such other personnel as the Commission shall designate shall be bonded. The amount or amounts of such bond or bonds shall be determined by the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(e) Irrespective of the civil service, personnel or other merit system laws of any of the party states, the Executive Director with the approval of the Commission, shall appoint, remove or discharge such personnel as may be necessary for the performance of the Commission's functions, and shall fix the duties and compensation of such personnel.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(f) The Commission may establish and maintain independently or in conjunction with a party state, a suitable retirement system for its employees. Employees of the Commission shall be eligible for social security coverage in respect of oldage and survivor's insurance provided that the Commission takes such steps as may be necessary pursuant to the laws of the United States, to participate in such program of insurance as a governmental agency or unit. The Commission may establish and maintain or participate in such additional programs of employee benefits as it may deem appropriate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(g) The Commission may borrow, accept or contract for the services of personnel from any state, the United States or any other governmental agency, or from any person, firm, association or corporation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(h) The Commission may accept for any of its purposes and functions under this compact any and all donations, and grants of money, equipment, supplies, materials and services, conditional or otherwise, from any state, the United States, or any other governmental agency, or from any person, firm, association or corporation, and may receive, utilize and dispose of the same. Any donation or grant accepted by the Commission pursuant to this paragraph or services borrowed pursuant to paragraph (g) of this article shall be reported in the annual report of the Commission. Such report shall include the nature, amount and conditions, if any, of the donation, grant or services borrowed and the identity of the donor or lender.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(i) The Commission shall adopt bylaws for the conduct of its business and shall have the power to amend and rescind these bylaws. The Commission shall publish its bylaws in convenient form and shall file a copy thereof and a copy of any amendment thereto, with the appropriate agency or officer in each of the party states.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(j) The Commission annually shall make to the Governor, Legislature and advisory body required by Article V(a) of each party state a report covering the activities of the Commission for the preceding year, and embodying such recommendations as may have been made by the Commission. The Commission may make such additional reports as it may deem desirable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE VI. ADVISORY, TECHNICAL AND&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">REGIONAL COMMITTEES&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission shall establish such advisory, technical and regional committees as it may deem necessary, membership on which shall include private persons and public officials and shall cooperate with and use the services of any such committees and the organizations which the members represent in furthering any of its activities. Such committees may be formed to consider problems of special interest to any party states, problems dealing with particular commodities or types of mining operations, problems related to reclamation, development, or use of mined land, or any other matters of concern to the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE VII. FINANCE&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) The Commission shall submit to the Governor or designated officer or officers of each party state a budget of its estimated expenditures for such period as may be required by the laws of that party state for presentation to the legislature thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) Each of the Commission's budgets of estimated expenditures shall contain specific recommendations of the amount or amounts to be appropriated by each of the party states. The total amount of appropriations requested under any such budget shall be apportioned among the party states as follows: onehalf in equal shares; and the remainder in proportion to the value of minerals, ores, and other solid matter mined. In determining such values, the Commission shall employ such available public source or sources of information as, in its judgment, present the most equitable and accurate comparisons among the party states. Each of the Commission's budgets of estimated expenditures and requests for appropriations shall indicate the source or sources used in obtaining information concerning value of minerals, ores, and other solid matter mined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(c) The Commission shall not pledge the credit of any party state. The Commission may meet any of its obligations in whole or in part with funds available to it under Article V(h) of this compact: provided that the Commission takes specific action setting aside such funds prior to incurring any obligation to be met in whole or in part in such manner. Except where the Commission makes use of funds available to it under Article V(h) hereof, the Commission shall not incur any obligation prior to the allotment of funds by the party states adequate to meet the same.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(d) The Commission shall keep accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements. The receipts and disbursements of the Commission shall be subject to the audit and accounting procedures established under its bylaws. All receipts and disbursements of funds handled by the Commission shall be audited yearly by a qualified public accountant and the report of the audit shall be included in and become part of the annual report of the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(e) The accounts of the Commission shall be open at any reasonable time for inspection by duly constituted officers of the party states and by any persons authorized by the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(f) Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent Commission compliance with laws relating to audit or inspection of accounts by or on behalf of any government contributing to the support of the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE VIII. ENTRY INTO FORCE&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">AND WITHDRAWAL&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) This compact shall enter into force when enacted into law by any four or more states. Thereafter, this compact shall become effective as to any other state upon its enactment thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) Any party state may withdraw from this compact by enacting a statute repealing the same, but no such withdrawal shall take effect until one (1) year after the Governor of the withdrawing state has given notice in writing of the withdrawal to the governors of all other party states. No withdrawal shall affect any liability already incurred by or chargeable to a party state prior to the time of such withdrawal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE IX. EFFECT ON OTHER LAWS&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Nothing in this compact shall be construed to limit, repeal or supersede any other law of any party state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">ARTICLE X. CONSTRUCTION AND SEVERABILITY&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This Compact shall be liberally construed so as to effectuate the purposes thereof. The provisions of this Compact shall be severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence or provision of this Compact is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any state or of the United States or the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this Compact and the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby. If this Compact shall be held contrary to the constitution of any state participating herein, the compact shall remain in full force and effect as to the remaining party states and in full force and effect as to the state affected as to all severable matters.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45852. Governor as ex officio member.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Governor shall be, ex officio, this state's member of the Interstate Mining Compact as established by Article V of the Compact. Provided, that whenever the Governor shall deem it advisable to do so, he may appoint an alternate to serve in his stead and thereafter such alternate shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. An executed counterpart of each letter of appointment by the Governor shall be filed with the Secretary of the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1970, c. 51, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. March 3, 1970. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45853. Supplementary agreements Legislative appropriation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any supplementary agreement entered into pursuant to Article VII of Compact and requiring the expenditure of funds or the assumption of an obligation to expend funds shall not become effective as to this state prior to the making of an appropriation therefor by the Legislature. Provided, that with respect to the payment of this state's share of the budget of expenditures for the maintenance of the Commission as provided in Article V of the Compact, the Governor may, in the absence of a specific legislative appropriation for such purpose, use appropriations as are made available to him for emergency and contingency expenditures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1970, c. 51, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. March 3, 1970. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45901. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in this act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Active workings" means any place in a mine where miners are normally required to work or travel;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "American table of distances" means the 1971 edition of "The American Table of Distances for Storage of Explosives" published by the Institute of Makers of Explosives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "ANFO" means ammonium nitrate fuel oil mixtures;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Approved" means tested and accepted for a specific purpose by a nationally recognized safety agency;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Barricaded" means obstructed to restrict the passage of persons, vehicles or flying materials;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Berm" means a pile or mound of material capable of restraining a vehicle; also a shelf, ledge or material placed to contain loose slope material;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Blasting agent" means a cap insensitive chemical composition or mixture consisting of fuel and oxidizer and no explosive ingredient but which can be made to detonate when initiated with a high strength explosive primer;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Blasting area" means the area near blasting operations in which concussion or flying material can reasonably be expected to cause injury;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Blasting cap" means a detonator containing a charge of detonating compound which is ignited by electric current or the spark of a fuse and is used for detonating explosives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Blasting circuit" means electric current used to fire electric detonators or to ignite an igniter cord by means of an electric starter;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Boxtype magazine" means a small, portable magazine used to store limited quantities of explosives or detonators for short periods of time in locations at the mine which are convenient to the blasting sites at which they will be used;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Capped fuse" means a length of safety fuse to which a detonator has been attached;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Capped primer" means a package or cartridge of explosives which is specifically designed to transmit detonation to other explosives and which contains a detonator;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. "Certified person" means an individual who has satisfactorily passed the required State Mining Board examination, thereby earning a certificate of competency which will allow him to work in a particular position for which certification is necessary;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. "Combustible" means capable of being ignited and consumed by fire;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. "Commercial mine" means any mine from which the product is mined for sale, exchange or commercial use. Except as the context requires otherwise, this act applies only to commercial mines;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. "Company official" means a member of the company supervisory or technical staff;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. "Department" means the State of Oklahoma Department of Mines;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. "Detonator" means a device containing a small detonating charge that is used for detonating an explosive including, but not limited to, blasting caps, exploders, electric detonators and delay electric blasting caps;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. "Distribution box" means a portable apparatus with an enclosure through which an electric circuit is carried to one (1) or more cables from a single incoming feedline, each cable circuit being connected through individual overcurrent protective devices;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">21. "Electric blasting cap" means a blasting cap designed for and capable of being initiated by means of an electric current;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">22. "Electric grounding" means to connect with the ground to make the earth part of the circuit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">23. "Employee" means a person who works for wages or salary in the service of an employer;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">24. "Employer" means a person or organization employing one (1) or more persons to work for wages or salary;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">25. "Explosive" means any chemical compound, mixture or device, the primary or common purpose of which is to function by explosion. Explosives include, but are not limited to, black powder, dynamite, nitroglycerin, fulminate and ammonium nitrate;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">26. "Face" or "wall" means that part of any mine where excavating is progressing or was last done;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">27. "Flammable" means capable of being easily ignited and of burning rapidly as defined by the National Fire Protection Association;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">28. "Highway" means any public road or travelway used by the general public;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">29. "Igniter cord" means a fuse, cordlike in appearance, which burns progressively along its length with an external flame at the zone of burning and is used for lighting a series of safety fuses in the desired sequence;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">30. "Inhabited building" means a building regularly occupied in whole or in part as a habitation for human beings, or any church, schoolhouse, railroad station, store, factory or other structure where people are accustomed to assemble, except any building or structure occupied in connection with the manufacture, transportation, storage or use of explosives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">31. "Inspector" means a mine inspector in the employ of the State of Oklahoma;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">32. "Magazine" means a storage place for explosives or detonators;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">33. "Major electrical installation" means an assemblage of stationary electrical equipment for the generation, transmission, distribution or conversion of electric power;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">34. "Misfire" means the complete or partial failure of a blasting charge to explode as planned;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">35. "Overburden" means material of any nature, consolidated or unconsolidated, that overlies a deposit of useful materials or ores that are to be mined;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">36. "Owner" means the owner, lessee, manager, superintendent, operator or agent, receiver or trustee operating any clay, coal or copper mine;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">37. "Primer" or "booster" means a package or cartridge of explosives designed specifically to transmit detonation to other explosives but which does not contain a detonator;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">38. "Reversecurrent protection" means a method or device used on directcurrent circuits of equipment to prevent the flow of current in the reverse direction;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">39. "Roll protection" means a framework or safety canopy to protect the vehicle operator if equipment should overturn;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">40. "Safety can" means an approved container of not over five (5) gallons capacity having a springclosing lid and a spout cover;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">41. "Safety fuse" means a train of powder enclosed in cotton, jute yarn and waterproofing compounds which burns at a uniform rate. It is used for firing a cap containing the detonating compound which in turn sets off the explosive charge;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">42. "Safety switch" means a sectionalizing switch that also provides shunt protection in blasting circuits between the blasting switch and the shot area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">43. "Scaling" means removal of insecure material from a face or highwall;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">44. "Secondary safety connection" means a second connection between a conveyance and rope, intended to prevent the conveyance from running away or falling in the event the primary connection fails;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">45. "Semiconductive hose" means hose having an electrical resistance of not less than five thousand (5,000) ohms per foot and not more than two (2) megohms for its total length, used in pneumatic placement of blasting agents in boreholes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">46. "Sprung hole" means a blasting hole chambered or enlarged to take an increased charge of explosives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">47. "Stemming" means the inert material, and the placing of such material, on top of any charge of explosives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">48. "Stray current" means that portion of a total electric current that flows through paths other than the intended circuit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">49. "Strip or surface pit" means the excavation in which superincumbent strata are removed exposing the natural deposit so it may be excavated and loaded by hand or by mechanical equipment in open working. Strip or surface pits shall be subject to such mining laws of the State of Oklahoma as apply to them, and such operations shall comply with recommendations for safety of employees made by the Chief Mine Inspector;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">50. "Substantial construction" means construction of such strength, material and workmanship that the object will withstand all reasonable shock, wear, usage and deterioration to which it will normally be subjected;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">51. "Suitable" means that which fits and has the qualities or qualifications to normally meet a given purpose, occasion, condition, function or circumstance; 52. "Travelway" means a passage, walk or way regularly used and designated for persons to go from one place to another while at work;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">53. Voltage:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. "low voltage" means up to and including 660 volts,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. "medium voltage" means from 661 to 1,000 volts, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. "high voltage" means more than 1,000 volts;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">54. "Wet drilling" means the continuous application of water to the back or bottom of the drill holes while drilling; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">55. "Working place" means any place in or about a mine where work is being performed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45902. Certificate of competency Violations Examinations Firstaid certificates.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for any person in the State of Oklahoma to act as superintendent, mine foreman or shot firer without first having obtained a certificate of competency from the State Mining Board as herein provided for.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The examination given by the State Mining Board to an applicant for a certificate of competency as superintendent, mine foreman or shot firer shall include a written or oral or written and oral examination to determine that he fully understands the requirements of the mining laws of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Each applicant shall hold a firstaid certificate issued to him within two (2) years previous to the date of the examination by an organization recognized by the State Mining Board.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Certificates of competency for the positions enumerated shall be granted to persons who have given the Chief Executive Officer of the Board satisfactory evidence of their ability to perform the duties of the positions applied for and who have obtained the necessary grades as determined by the Board for respective positions. In determining the grade of each applicant, due respect shall be given to the applicant's previous experience and record of service which shall have equal weight with the oral or written examination given to test the practical and technical knowledge of the applicant for the certificate of competency being sought. Provided, however, successful completion of the course of instruction provided by the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute (OMTI) or other courses of instruction provided by other training facilities and approved by the Board shall be considered as having met this examination requirement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978; Laws 1981, c. 23, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 6, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45903. Certification of applicants Fees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Certifications provided for in this act shall be issued under the signature and seal of the State Mining Board; such certificates shall bear the date of issuance, full name, age and years of experience of recipient and shall designate the position for which the recipient is certified by the Board. Provided that all persons making applications to the State Mining Board for certificates of competency as mine superintendent, mine foreman or shot firer shall accompany said application with a fee of Two Dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) as a fee for such examination and shall pay an additional fee of Two Dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) when said certificate is issued.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978; Laws 1981, c. 23, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 6, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45904. Records Rights and duties of certificate holders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Secretary of the Board shall maintain a record of the names, addresses and other pertinent information of all persons to whom certificates are issued. Certificates of competency, when issued as provided for herein, shall entitle the holders thereof to accept and discharge the duties for which said certificates declare them qualified.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45905. Revocation of certificates Notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Mining Board shall have power to revoke any certificates, by it granted, because of incompetency, intoxication or other sufficient cause, provided that any person against whom charges are made shall have ten (10) days written notice from the Board and shall have opportunity to be heard by it in his own behalf.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45906. Temporary permits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Secretary of the Board may, upon the recommendation of at least two (2) other members of the Board, issue a temporary permit to an applicant for a certificate for mine foreman or shot firer. Said temporary permit shall be valid only until the next meeting of the Board or not to exceed thirtyone (31) days.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978; Laws 1981, c. 23, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 6, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-907. Inspection and examination of active strip and surface mines - Reports - Recommendations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the Department of Mines to enter into and examine thoroughly each and every active strip or surface mine in the state four to six times annually and in response to compliance concerns to see that the provisions of this act are observed and strictly carried out. Mines with resident safety engineers supplying the Department with monthly selfmonitoring reports shall be inspected a minimum of twice a year. The Chief Mine Inspector or assistant inspectors, or both, may enter, inspect and examine any strip or surface pit and the works and machinery belonging thereto at all times, either by night or by day. The owner and the employees may each designate a person who shall accompany the inspector during the state inspection of the mine. After each inspection the inspector shall make a report in triplicate of the condition of the mine with recommendations and orders. One copy shall be placed on file in the office of the Chief Mine Inspector, one copy shall remain with the inspector, and one copy shall be given to the operator who shall post it in a conspicuous place available for public inspection where it can be read and where it shall remain until the next state inspection report is issued. Within thirty (30) days after receiving the report of the inspector in which any important recommendations are made, the owner shall send a report to the Chief Mine Inspector stating what steps have been taken to comply with the recommendations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 308, &sect; 8, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 2010, c. 293, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45908. Employment of certified strip pit mine foreman.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The operator shall employ a certified strip pit mine foreman for every mine except those mines in which no more than three (3) persons including the operator are employed, in which case one (1) man must have at least the status of a certified shot firer. The mine foreman shall have full charge of all workings and of all persons employed therein in order that all the provisions of this act, so far as they relate to his duties, shall be complied with and the regulations prescribed for each class of workmen under his charge shall be carried out in the strictest possible manner.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45909. Foreman Duties and responsibilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The mine foreman shall keep a careful watch over all operations with the utmost regard for the safety of all employees. His responsibility includes the use, storage and handling of explosives, condition of all equipment used, condition of roads in and out of the pits, drainage, roads to the tipple and other surface structures. Strip pit foremen shall devote the whole of their time to their duties when the strip mine is in operation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45910. Proper ground control Rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The following rules and procedures shall be complied with for proper ground control:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Practices and standards acceptable to the Chief Mine Inspector for the safe control of surface mine walls including the overall slope of the mine wall shall be established and followed by the operator. Such standards shall be consistent with sound engineering, the nature of the ground and the seam mined, and the insuring of safe working conditions according to the degree of slope. Mining methods shall be selected which will provide wall stability; including benching if necessary, to obtain a safe overall slope;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. All loose and hazardous material shall be stripped for a safe distance from the edge of the highwall;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The width and height of benches shall be governed by the type of equipment to be used and the operation to be performed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Safe means of scaling walls shall be provided. Loose material or trees on exposed wall areas shall be removed before any other work is performed in the exposed wall area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Men shall not work under dangerous walls. Hazardous overhanging walls shall be taken down immediately and other unsafe ground conditions shall be corrected promptly or the areas shall be barricaded or posted;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. When removing rock by hand, men shall approach loose rock from above and shall scale from a safe location those areas on walls which must be scaled;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The supervisor or a certified person designated by him shall examine working areas and faces of walls for unsafe conditions at least at the beginning of each shift, during the shift while men are working, and after blasting. Any unsafe condition found shall be corrected before any further work is performed at the immediate area or face at which the unsafe condition exists;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Men shall examine their working places before starting work and frequently thereafter and any unsafe condition shall be reported immediately to the supervisor before any other work is performed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Large boulders requiring secondary blasting shall be in a safe location before they are drilled or broken; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Men shall not be permitted to work between equipment and the mine wall where the equipment may hinder escape from falls or slides of the wall, unless special safety precautions are taken in advance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The following rules and procedures shall be complied with for proper fire prevention and control:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. No person shall smoke or use an open flame where flammable or combustible liquids or greases are stored or in areas or places where fire or explosion hazards exist;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Signs warning against smoking and open flames shall be posted so they can readily be seen in areas or places where fire or explosion hazards exist;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Areas surrounding flammableliquid storage tanks and electric substations and transformers shall be kept free from dry grass, weeds, underbrush and other combustible materials for at least twentyfive (25) feet in all directions;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Fires used for warming purposes shall be enclosed to prevent persons from coming in contact with flame or coals which would ignite clothing. Oily or easily ignited clothing shall not be worn where ignition hazards are present;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Buildings or rooms in which oil, grease, flammable liquids or similar flammable materials are stored shall be of fireresistant construction and well ventilated. Provisions shall be made to control spilled flammable liquids;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Abandoned electrical circuits shall be deenergized and isolated so that they cannot become energized inadvertently. If no further use is intended they shall be removed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Combustible materials, grease, lubricants or flammable liquids shall not be allowed to accumulate where they can create a fire hazard;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Materials, such as oily waste and rags, which are subject to spontaneous combustion shall be placed in tightly covered metal containers until disposed of properly;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. When flammable solvents are used for cleaning, such solvents shall be transported in safety cans of not over fivegallon capacity. When used to clean parts, the containers used shall have tightfitting covers. No cleaning may be done with flammable solvents near a possible source of ignition;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Oxygen cylinders shall not be stored near oil or grease;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Gauges and regulators used with oxygen or acetylene cylinders shall be kept clean and free of oil and grease;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Valves on oxygen and acetylene tanks shall be kept closed when they are not in use;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. Battery charging stations shall be located in wellventilated areas and in the clear of other equipment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Internal combustion engines shall be shut off and stopped before being fueled;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. Each mine shall have available, or be provided with, appropriate types of firefighting equipment adequate for the size of the mine;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. Firefighting equipment shall be strategically located, readily accessible, plainly marked, properly maintained and inspected periodically with records kept of such inspections;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. Fire extinguishers shall be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls9"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;adequate in number and size and of the appropriate type for each particular fire hazard involved,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls9"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;replaced immediately with full charged extinguishers of the same capability after any discharge is made from the extinguishers,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls9"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;tested at least once every twelve (12) months and maintained according to the manufacturer's recommendation. Each extinguisher shall bear a tag showing the date of testing and the name of the person making the examination for testing, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls9"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;approved by Underwriter's Laboratories, Inc. or Factory Mutual Research Corporation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. Appropriate fire extinguishers shall be provided on selfpropelled mobile equipment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. Fire extinguishers of the appropriate type and size shall be an integral part of portable cutting and welding equipment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. When welding or cutting near combustible materials, precautions shall be taken to insure that smoldering metal or sparks do not result in fire; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">21. Belt conveyors in locations where fire would create a hazard to personnel shall be provided with safety switches to stop the drive pulley automatically in the event the belt stalls or there is excessive slippage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 194, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45911. Explosives Rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Rules and procedures as follows shall be complied with for storage of explosives:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Detonators and other capsensitive high explosives shall be stored in magazines provided for that purpose. Blasting agents may be stored in vantype trailers, provided they are wellventilated, kept clean and free of extraneous material that could create a fire hazard;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Separate magazines shall be provided for the storage of detonators and for explosives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Detonators shall not be stored in the same magazine with explosives or blasting agents;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Blasting agents, safety fuse or detonating cord may be stored with explosives, but blasting agents must be kept physically separated from the fuse, detonating cord and explosives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Magazines shall be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. located in accordance with the current American Table of Distances for Storage of Explosives,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. detached structures located away from power lines, fuel storage area and other possible sources of fire,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. constructed substantially of noncombustible material or covered with fireresistant material,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">d. reasonably bulletresistant,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">e. electrically bonded and grounded if constructed of metal,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">f. made of nonsparking materials on the inside, including floors,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">g. provided with adequate and effectively screened ventilation openings near the floor and ceiling,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">h. kept securely locked when unattended,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">i. posted with suitable danger signs so located that a bullet passing through the face of a sign will not strike the magazine,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">j. used exclusively for storage of blasting agents, explosives, or detonators and kept free of all extraneous materials,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">k. kept clean and dry in the interior, and in good repair, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">l. unheated, unless heated in a manner that does not create a fire or explosion hazard. Electrical heating devices shall not be used inside a magazine;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Only permissible lights, worn or carried, shall be used inside magazines;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Areas surrounding magazines not less than twentyfive (25) feet in all directions shall be kept free of rubbish and other combustibles;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Smoking and open flames shall not be permitted within twentyfive (25) feet of explosives and detonator storage magazines; 9. Cases of explosives shall be stored in such a manner as to assure the use of the oldest stock first;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Ammonium nitrate fuel oil mixtures shall be physically separated from dynamite stored in the same magazine and in such a manner that oil does not contaminate the dynamite; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Cases of explosives shall not be stored on case ends or sides nor in stacks over six (6) feet high.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Rules and procedures as follows shall be complied with in the transportation of explosives:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Explosives and detonators shall be transported in separate vehicles unless separated by four (4) inches of hardwood or the equivalent;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Selfpropelled vehicles used to transport explosives or detonators shall be equipped with suitable fire extinguishers and marked with proper warning signs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. When vehicles containing explosives or detonators are parked, the brakes shall be set, the motive power shut off when not in use, and if parked on an incline, the vehicle shall be blocked securely against rolling;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Vehicles containing explosives or detonators shall not be left unattended except in blasting areas where loading or charging is in progress;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Vehicles containing explosives or detonators shall not be taken to a repair garage or shop for any purpose;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Vehicles used to transport explosives or detonators shall be maintained in good condition and shall be operated at a safe speed and in accordance with recognized safe operating practices;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Vehicles used to transport explosives other than Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil (ANFO) mixtures shall have substantially constructed bodies, no sparking metal exposed in the cargo space, and the explosives shall not be piled higher than the side or end enclosures;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Explosives shall be transported at times and over routes that endanger a minimum number of persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Other materials or supplies shall not be placed on or in the cargo space of a conveyance containing explosives or detonators; 10. No person shall smoke while transporting or handling explosives or detonators;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Only the necessary attendants shall ride on or in vehicles containing explosives or detonators;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Explosives shall be transported promptly without undue delays in transit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. Nonconductive containers with tightfitting covers shall be used to transport or carry capped fuses and electric detonators to blasting sites; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Substantial nonconductive closed containers shall be used to carry explosives to blasting sites.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Rules and procedures as follows shall be complied with in the use of explosives:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Persons who use explosives, blasting agents or detonators shall be certified by the State Mining Board. Such persons shall understand the hazards involved, and trainees shall do such work only under the supervision of and in the immediate presence of certified persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Blasting operations shall be under the direct control of certified persons designated by the operator for that purpose;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Damaged or deteriorated explosives, blasting agents and detonators shall be disposed of in a safe manner;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Holes to be blasted shall be charged as near to blasting time as practical, and such holes shall be blasted as soon as practical after charging has been completed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. No person shall smoke within fifty (50) feet of explosives, blasting agents or detonators;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Explosives and blasting agents shall be kept separated from detonators until charging of holes is started;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Primers shall be made up at the time of charging and as close to the blasting site as conditions allow;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Only wooden or other nonsparking devices shall be used to punch holes in explosives cartridges;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Tamping poles shall be blunt and squared at one end and made of wood or other nonsparking material;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. No tamping shall be done directly on primer cartridges;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Unused explosives and detonators shall be moved to a safe location as soon as charging operations are completed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Approaches to areas in which charged holes are awaiting firing shall be guarded, or barricaded and posted, or flagged, against unauthorized entry. If blasting is done after dark, red flashing lights shall be used at the approaches to the blasting area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. When a blast is about to be fired, ample warning shall be given to allow all persons to retreat to a safe place. Each mine shall have a definite plan of warning signals that can be clearly seen or heard by anyone in the blasting area. The operator shall inform all employees at the local mine as to the established procedure;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Enclosed blasting shelters constructed of strong materials shall be provided to protect all persons endangered by flying rock from blasting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. When safety fuse has been used, persons shall not return to misfired holes for at least thirty (30) minutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. When electric blasting caps have been used, persons shall not return to misfired holes for at least fifteen (15) minutes. Leading wires from the power source must be disconnected before persons can be allowed to return to the blasting sites;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. Blasted materials shall be examined for undetonated explosives after each blast and undetonated explosives found shall be disposed of safely;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. Misfires shall be reported to the proper supervisor and shall be disposed of safely before any other work is performed in the blasting area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. Blast holes in "hothole" areas and holes that have been sprung shall not be charged before tests have been made to insure that the heat has been dissipated to a safe level;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. If explosives are suspected of burning in a hole, all persons in the endangered area shall move to a safe location until the danger has passed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">21. Holes shall not be drilled where there is danger of intersecting a charge or misfired hole;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">22. Fuses and igniters shall be stored in a cool, dry place away from oils or grease;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">23. Fuses shall not be kinked, bent sharply or handled roughly;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">24. Fuses shall be cut and capped in safe, dry locations posted with "No Smoking" signs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">25. Blasting caps shall be crimped to fuses only with devices designed for that specific purpose;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">26. Fuses of less than fortyeight (48) inches in length shall not be used for any purpose;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">27. At least two (2) persons shall be present when lighting fuses, and no person shall light more than fifteen (15) individual fuses. If more than fifteen (15) holes per person are to be fired, igniter cord and connectors or electric blasting shall be used;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">28. A safe interval of time shall be allowed to light a round and evacuate the blasting area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">29. Fuses shall be ignited with hotwire lighters, lead spitters, igniter cord or other such devices designed for this purpose;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">30. Fuses shall not be ignited before the primer and the entire charge are securely in place;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">31. Electric detonators of different brands shall not be used in the same round;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">32. Electric detonators shall remain shunted until they are being wired into the blasting circuit. Lead lines and wired rounds shall be kept shunted until immediately before blasting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">33. Completely wired rounds shall be tested with a blasting galvanometer before connections are made to the blasting line;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">34. Lead wires and blasting lines shall not be strung across power conductors, pipelines or within twenty (20) feet of bare power lines. They shall be protected from sources of static or other electrical contact;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">35. Permanent blasting lines shall be properly supported, insulated and kept in good repair;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">36. Charging shall be stopped immediately when the presence of static electricity or stray current is detected; the condition shall be corrected before charging is resumed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">37. Charging of holes shall be suspended and the persons withdrawn to a safe location upon the approach of an electrical storm;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">38. Safety switches and blasting switches shall be labeled, encased in boxes and arranged so that the covers of the boxes cannot be closed with the switches in closed position;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">39. Blasting switches shall be locked in the open position except when closed to fire the blast. Lead wires shall not be connected to the blasting switch until the shot is ready to be fired;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">40. The key to a blasting switch shall be entrusted only to the person designated to fire blasts;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">41. Electric circuits from the blasting switches to the blast area shall not be grounded;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">42. At least a fivefoot air gap shall be provided between the blasting circuit and the power circuit;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">43. Where electric blasting is to be performed, electric circuits to equipment within twentyfive (25) feet of a hole that is to be charged with an electric blasting cap shall be deenergized before electric detonators are brought into the immediate area, or the electric equipment shall be moved out of the immediate area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">44. Power sources shall be suitable for the number of electric detonators to be fired and for the type of circuits used;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">45. When instantaneous blasting is performed, the doubletrunkline or loop system shall be used in detonatingcord blasting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">46. When instantaneous blasting is performed, trunklines in multiplerow blasting shall make one (1) or more complete loops with crossties between loops at intervals of not over two hundred (200) feet;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">47. All detonatingcord knots shall be tight and all connections shall be kept at right angles to the trunklines;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">48. Delay connectors for firing detonatingcord shall be treated and handled with the same safety precautions as blasting caps and electric detonators; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">49. Detonatingcord shall not be kinked, bent or otherwise handled in such a manner that the train of detonation may be interrupted.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Rules and procedures as follows shall be complied with in dealing with sensitized ammonium nitrate blasting agents:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. When sensitized ammonium nitrate mixtures and blasting agents are used, the same precautions shall be taken as for high explosives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Adequate priming shall be employed to guard against misfires, increased toxic fumes and poor performance;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Where pneumatic loading is employed, before any type of blasting operation using blasting agents is put into effect, an evaluation of the potential hazard of static electricity shall be made. Adequate steps, including the grounding of the conductive parts of pneumatic loading equipment, shall be taken to eliminate the hazard of static electricity before blasting agent preparation is commenced;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Pneumatic loading equipment shall not be grounded to water lines, air lines, rails or other permanent electrical grounding systems;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Hoses used in connection with pneumatic loading machines shall be of the semiconductive type having a total resistance low enough to permit the dissipation of static electricity and high enough to limit the flow of stray electric currents to a safe level. Wirecountered hose shall not be used because of the potential hazard from stray electric currents; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Plastic tubes shall not be used to protect pneumatically loaded blasting agent charges against water unless a positive grounding system is provided to drain electrostatic charges from the holes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978; Laws 1981, c. 23, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. April 6, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45912. Drilling for blasting Rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following rules and procedures shall be complied with when dealing with drilling for blasting:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Equipment shall be inspected each shift by a certified person designated by the operator. Equipment defects affecting safety shall be reported immediately;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Equipment defects affecting safety shall be corrected before the equipment is used;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The drilling area shall be inspected by a certified person, designated by the operator, for hazards before drilling operations are started;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Men shall not be on the mast while the drill is in operation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Drill crews and others shall stay clear of augers or drill stems that are in motion. Persons shall not pass under or step over a moving stem or auger;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Receptacles or racks shall be provided for drill steel stored on drills;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Tools and other objects shall not be left loose on the mast or drill platform;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. When a drill is being moved from one drilling area to another, drill steel, tools and other equipment shall be secured and the mast placed in a safe position;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. In the event of power failure, drill controls shall be placed in the neutral position until power is restored;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. While in operation drills shall be attended at all times;&nbsp;&nbsp;11. Drill holes large enough to constitute a hazard shall be covered or guarded;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Men shall not drill from positions that hinder their access to the control levers or from insecure footing or staging or from atop equipment not designed for this purpose;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. Bit wrenches or bit knockers shall be used to remove detachable bits from drill steel;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Starter steels shall be used when collaring holes with handheld or feedleg drills;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. Men shall not hold the drill steel while collaring holes or rest their hands on the chuck or centralizer while drilling; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. Air shall be turned off and bled from the hose before handheld drills are moved from one working area to another.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45913. Loading, hauling or dumping Rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following rules and procedures shall be complied with when loading, hauling or dumping:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Equipment shall be inspected each shift by a qualified person designated by the operator. Equipment defects affecting safety shall be reported immediately;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Equipment defects affecting safety shall be corrected before the equipment is used;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Powered mobile equipment shall be provided with adequate brakes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Powered mobile haulage equipment shall be provided with audible warning devices. Lights shall be provided on both ends when required;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Equipment operators shall be certain, by signal or other means, that all persons are in the clear before starting or moving equipment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. When the entire length of a conveyor is visible from the starting switch, the operator shall visually check to make certain that all persons are in the clear before starting the conveyor. When the entire length of the conveyor is not visible from the starting switch, a positive audible warning system shall be installed and operated to warn persons that the conveyor will be started;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Trucks, shuttle cars and frontend loaders shall be equipped with emergency brakes separate and independent of the regular braking system;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Operators' cabs shall be constructed to permit operators to see without difficulty and shall be reasonably comfortable;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Cab windows shall be of safety glass or equivalent, in good condition, and be kept clean;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Cabs of mobile equipment shall be kept free of extraneous materials;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Adequate back stops or brakes shall be installed on inclined conveyor drive units to prevent conveyors from running in reverse if a hazard to personnel will result;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. No person shall be permitted to ride a powerdriven chain belt or bucket conveyor unless the chain, belt or conveyor is specifically designed for the transportation of persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. Equipment operating speeds shall be prudent and consistent with conditions of roadway, grades, clearance, visibility, traffic and the type of equipment used;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Dust control measures shall be taken where dust significantly reduces visibility of equipment operators. Haulage roads shall be wet down as necessary unless dust is controlled adequately by other methods;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. Mobile equipment operators shall have full control of the equipment while it is in motion;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. Dippers, buckets, loading booms or heavy suspended loads shall not be swung over the cabs of haulage vehicles until the drivers are out of the cabs and in safe locations, unless the trucks are designed specifically to protect the drivers from falling material;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. Only authorized persons shall be present in areas of loading or dumping operations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. Unless safe provisions are made for persons to mount or leave equipment while it is in operation, the operator shall be notified of their intentions before getting on or off;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. Persons shall not work or pass under the buckets or booms of loaders in operation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. When traveling between work areas, the equipment shall be secured in the travel position;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">21. Dippers, buckets, scraper blades, and similar movable parts shall be secured or lowered to the ground when not in use;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">22. Persons shall not ride in dippers, buckets, forks, clamshells or other parts of any equipment not specifically designed for the transportation of persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">23. Loaded cars or trucks shall not be moved until the loads are trimmed properly;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">24. Electrically powered mobile equipment shall not be left unattended unless the master switch is in the "off" position, all operating controls are in the "neutral" position, and the brakes are set or other equivalent precautions are taken against rolling;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">25. Mobile equipment shall not be left unattended unless the brakes are set. The wheels shall be turned into a bank or wall, or shall be blocked, when such equipment is parked on a grade;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">26. Persons shall not ride on top of loaded haulage equipment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">27. Persons shall not ride outside the cabs and beds of mobile equipment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">28. Equipment which is to be hauled shall be properly loaded and secured;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">29. Dumping locations and haulage roads shall be kept reasonably free of water, debris and spillage;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">30. Berms, bumper blocks, safety hooks or similar means shall be provided to prevent overtravel and overturning at dumping locations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">31. If truck spotters are used, they shall be well in the clear while trucks are backing into dumping position and dumping; lights shall be used at night to direct trucks;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">32. Where overhead clearance is restricted, warning devices shall be installed and the restricted area shall be conspicuously marked;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">33. Ramps and dumps shall be of solid construction, of ample width, have ample side clearance and headroom, and be kept reasonably free of spillage;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">34. Lights, flares or other warning devices shall be posted when parked equipment creates a hazard to vehicular traffic;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">35. Tires shall be deflated before repairs on them are started, and adequate means shall be provided to prevent wheel locking rims from creating a hazard during tire inflation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">36. Any load extending more than four (4) feet beyond the rear of the vehicle body shall be marked clearly with a red flag by day and a red light by night;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">37. A tow bar shall be used to tow heavy equipment. A safety chain shall be used in conjunction with the tow bar; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">38. When heavy equipment is to be towed, the towing vehicle shall be of suitable weight and strength to maintain safe control of the load.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978; Laws 1981, c. 23, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. April 6, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45914. Travelways Rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following rules and procedures shall be complied with in dealing with travelways:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Safe means of access shall be provided and maintained to all working places;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Crossovers, elevated walkways, elevated ramps and stairways shall be of substantial construction, provided with handrails and maintained in good condition. Where necessary, toeboards shall be provided;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Ladders shall be of substantial construction, maintained in good condition and regularly inspected;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Portable straight ladders shall be provided with nonslip bases, shall be placed against a safe backing at the proper angle and set on secure footing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Fixed ladders shall be anchored securely and installed to provide at least three (3) inches of toe clearance;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Fixed ladders shall have substantial railed landings at least every thirty (30) feet unless backguards are provided;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Steep fixed ladders, seventy (70) degrees to ninety (90) degrees from the horizontal, thirty (30) feet or more in length shall be provided with backguards, cages or equivalent protection, starting at a point not more than seven (7) feet from the bottom of the ladder;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Fixed ladders shall project at least three (3) feet above landings or substantial handholds shall be provided above the landings;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Wooden members of ladders shall not be painted;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Ladderways, stairways, walkways and ramps shall be kept free of loose rock and extraneous materials;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Men climbing or descending ladders shall face the ladders and have both hands free for climbing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Railed walkways shall be provided wherever persons are regularly required to walk along conveyor belts. Inclined railed walkways shall be nonskid or provided with cleats;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. Openings above, below or near travelways through which men or materials may fall shall be protected by railings, barriers or covers. Where it is impractical to install such protective devices, adequate warning signals shall be posted;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Scaffolds and working platforms shall be of substantial construction and provided with handrails and maintained in good condition. Floorboards shall be laid properly and the scaffolds and working platforms shall not be overloaded. Working platforms shall be provided with toeboards where necessary;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. Crossovers shall be provided where it is necessary to cross conveyors;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. Moving conveyors shall be crossed only at designated crossover points;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. Slippery walkways shall be provided with cleats and handrails and/or ropes; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. Regularly used walkways and travelways shall be sanded, salted or cleared of snow and ice as soon as practicable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45915. Electricity Rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following rules and procedures shall be complied with in dealing with electricity:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Circuits shall be protected against excessive overloads by fuses or circuit breakers of the correct type and capacity;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Powerlines and telephone circuits shall be protected against short circuits and lightning;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Electric equipment and circuits shall be provided with switches or other controls. Such switches or controls shall be of approved design and construction and shall be properly installed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Individual overload protection or shortcircuit protection shall be provided for the trailing cables of mobile equipment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Power wires and cables shall have adequate currentcarrying capacity and shall be protected from mechanical injury;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Neither crawlermounted nor rubbertired equipment shall run over trailing cables unless the cables are properly bridged or otherwise protected;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Distribution boxes shall be provided with disconnect switches;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Trailing cable and power cable connections to junction boxes shall not be made or broken under load;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Power wires and cables shall be insulated adequately where they pass into or out of electrical compartments;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Power wires and cables which present a fire hazard shall be well installed on acceptable insulators;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Where metallic tools or equipment can come in contact with bare power lines, the lines shall be guarded or deenergized;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Telephone and low potential electric signal wires shall be protected from contacting energized power lines;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. High potential transmission cables shall be covered, insulated or placed according to acceptable electrical codes to prevent contact with low potential circuits;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. The potential on bare signal wires accessible to personal contact should not exceed thirty (30) volts;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. Splices in power cables, including ground conductor, where provided, shall be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. mechanically strong with adequate electrical conductivity,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. effectively insulated and sealed to exclude moisture, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. provided with mechanical protection and electrical conductivity as near as possible to that of the original;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. Shovel trailing cables shall not be moved with the shovel dipper unless cable slings or sleds are used;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. Energized high potential cables shall be handled with insulated hooks or tongs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. Electrical equipment shall be deenergized before work is done on such equipment. Switches shall be locked out and suitable warning signs posted by the individuals who are to do the work; locks shall be removed only by authorized persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. Power circuits shall be deenergized before work is done on such circuits unless hot line tools are used. Switches shall be locked out and suitable warning signs posted by the individuals who are to do the work; locks shall be removed only by authorized persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. Principal power switches shall be labeled to show which units they control;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">21. At least three (3) feet of clearance shall be provided around all parts of stationary electric equipment or switch gear where access or travel is necessary;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">22. Dry wooden platforms, insulating mats or other electrically nonconductive material shall be kept in place at all switchboards and power control switches where shock hazards exist. However, metal plates on which a person normally would stand, plates which are kept at the same potential as the grounded metal noncurrent carrying parts of the power switches to be operated may be used;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">23. Suitable danger signs shall be posted at all major electrical installations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">24. Areas containing major electrical installations shall be entered only by authorized personnel;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">25. Electrical connections and resistor grids that are difficult or impractical to insulate shall be guarded unless protection is provided by location;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">26. Reversecurrent protection shall be provided at storage battery charging stations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">27. All metal enclosing or encasing electrical circuits shall be grounded or provided with equivalent protection. This requirement does not apply to batteryoperated equipment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">28. Metal fencing and metal buildings enclosing transformers and switch gear shall be grounded;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">29. Frame grounding or equivalent protection shall be provided for mobile equipment powered through trailing cables;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">30. Continuity and resistance of grounding systems shall be tested immediately after installation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">31. Electric equipment and wiring shall be inspected by a certified person as often as necessary to assure safe operating conditions;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">32. When a potentially dangerous condition is found it shall be corrected before equipment or wiring is energized;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">33. Inspection and cover plates on electrical equipment shall be kept in place at all times except during testing or repairs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">34. Circuits shall be deenergized before fuses are removed or replaced;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">35. Fuse tongs or hot line tools shall be used when fuses are removed or replaced in medium or high voltage circuits;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">36. Trailing cables shall be clamped to machines in a manner to protect the cables from damage and to prevent strain on the electrical connections;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">37. Surplus trailing cables to shovels, cranes and similar equipment shall be stored in cable boots or on reels mounted on the equipment or otherwise protected from mechanical damage;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">38. Operating controls shall be installed so that they can be operated without danger of contact with energized conductors;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">39. Equipment with booms or masts which are not properly protected shall not be operated where the booms or masts can come within ten (10) feet of an energized overhead power line;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">40. Overhead high potential power lines shall be installed as specified by the National Electrical Safety Code;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">41. When equipment must be moved under energized power lines and the clearance is less than ten (10) feet, the power lines shall be deenergized or other precautions shall be taken;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">42. Guy wires from poles supporting high voltage transmission lines shall be securely connected to the system ground or be provided with insulators installed near the pole end;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">43. Telegraph, telephone or signal wires shall not be installed on the same crossarm with power conductors. When carried on poles supporting power lines, they shall be installed as specified by the National Electrical Safety Code;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">44. Transformers shall be totally enclosed or shall be placed at least fifteen (15) feet above the ground, twenty (20) feet above driveways and haulage ways, or installed in a transformer house, or surrounded by a subtantial fence at least six (6) feet high and at least three (3) feet from any energized parts, casings or wiring;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">45. Transformer enclosures shall be kept locked against unauthorized entry; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">46. Tools and supplies shall be carried in the hands and not on the shoulders when men travel near bare power conductors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45916. Equipment Rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following rules and procedures shall be complied with in dealing with the use of equipment:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Gears, sprockets, chains, drive, head, tail and takeup pulleys, flywheels, couplings, shafts, saw blades, fan inlets and similar exposed moving machine parts which may cause injury to persons shall be guarded;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Overhead belts shall be guarded if the whipping action from a broken belt would be hazardous to persons below;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Guards at conveyor drive, head and tail pulleys shall be sufficient to prevent a person from reaching behind the guard and becoming caught between the belt and the pulley;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Protruding set screws on revolving parts shall be guarded;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Except when testing the machinery, guards shall be securely in place while machinery is being operated;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Guards shall be sufficiently strong and maintained to provide the required protection;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Stationary grinding machines other than special bit grinders shall be equipped with:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. peripheral hoods, less than ninetydegree throat openings, capable of withstanding the force of a bursting wheel,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. adjustable tool rests set as close as practical to the wheel, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. safety washers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Face shields or goggles, in good condition, shall be worn when operating a grinding wheel;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Handheld power tools, other than rock drills, shall be equipped with controls requiring constant hand or finger pressure to operate the tools or shall be equipped with friction or other equivalent safety devices;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Guards or shields shall be provided in areas where flying or falling materials present a hazard;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Vehicles such as forklifts, trucks, frontend loaders and bulldozers shall be provided with roll bar protection when necessary to protect the operator;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Forklifts, trucks, frontend loaders and bulldozers shall be provided with substantial canopies when necessary to protect the operator against falling material;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. Unsafe equipment or machinery shall be removed from service immediately;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Machinery and equipment shall be operated only by authorized and experienced persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. Repairs or maintenance shall not be performed on machinery until the power is off and the machinery is blocked against motion, except when machinery motion is necessary to make adjustments or when nonenergized components of large machinery can be safely repaired while the machine is operating;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. Men shall not work on mobile equipment in a raised position until it has been blocked in place securely. This does not preclude the use of equipment specifically designed, such as elevated mobile work platforms;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. Drive belts shall not be shifted while in motion unless the machines are equipped with mechanical shifters;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. Belts, chains, and/or ropes shall not be guided onto powerdriven moving equipment especially designed for hand feeding;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. Pulleys or conveyors shall not be cleaned manually while the conveyor is in motion;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. Belt dressing shall not be applied manually while belts are in motion unless an aerosoltype dressing is used; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">21. Machinery shall not be lubricated while in motion when a hazard exists unless equipped with extended fittings or cups.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45917. Personal protection Rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following rules and procedures shall be complied with in dealing with personal protection:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Adequate firstaid materials, including stretchers and blankets, shall be provided at places convenient to all working areas. Water or neutralizing agents shall be available where corrosive chemicals or other harmful substances are stored, handled or used;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. All persons shall wear suitable hard hats when in or around mine plants or active workings of the mine where falling objects may create a hazard;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. All persons shall wear suitable protective footwear when in or around mine plants or active workings of the mine;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. All persons shall wear safety glasses, goggles or face shields when doing work hazardous to the eyes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Safety belts and lines shall be worn when men work where there is danger of falling, and a second person shall tend the lifeline when bins, tanks or other dangerous areas are entered;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Life jackets or belts shall be worn where there is danger of falling into deep water;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Protective clothing, rubber gloves, goggles or face shields shall be worn by persons handling substances that are corrosive, toxic or injurious to the skin;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Protective clothing or equipment and face shields or goggles shall be worn when welding, cutting or working with molten metal;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Snugfitting clothing shall be worn by persons working around moving equipment and machinery;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Protective gloves shall be worn by employees handling materials which may cause injury;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Gloves shall not be worn where they could create a hazard by becoming entwined or caught in moving parts of machinery; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Effective hearing protection shall be worn where noise levels may cause permanent ear damage or hearing loss unless the wearing of the protective devices would create a greater danger to the employee. In such case the noise shall be reduced to safe levels.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 194, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45918. Augering Rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following rules and procedures shall be complied with in dealing with augering:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Planning:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">before augering is done, advance planning shall be made to insure that no hazards shall be created affecting active underground workings. Auger mine workings and holes drilled shall be located so as to prevent:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(1) interference with the ventilation system of any underground mine, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(2) inundation hazards from the surface to active underground workings;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Inspection:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. at least fifty (50) feet on each side of highwalls being drilled shall be inspected for loose material before drilling or other work in the area is begun, and an inspection shall be made at least once during each operating shift,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. when abandoned mines or abandoned parts of active mines are penetrated by drilling, machinery shall be stopped and tests shall be made at the collar of the hole for explosive gas or oxygen or oxygen deficiency by a certified person qualified to use approved instruments to make such tests. If tests show the presence of gas or the lack of oxygen, the equipment shall not be operated until the condition has been corrected;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Auger holes; persons not to enter:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. no person shall enter an auger hole for any purpose without having first received permission from a representative of the Oklahoma Department of Mines,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">b. auger machines and other related equipment on which persons are required to work during drilling operations shall be protected against falling material from highwalls by heavy gauge screen or equivalent material subject to the approval of the mine inspector. The protective screen shall permit workmen to keep the highwall in view at all times,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. no work shall be done on the highwall in the vicinity of drilling equipment while it is in operation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Auger equipment; operation:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a. persons shall stay clear of the auger train while it is in motion, and they shall not pass over or under the auger train except where crossing facilities are provided; b. persons must be in the clear while auger sections are being swung into position,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">c. auger operators shall not leave the controls of the equipment while the auger is operating, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">d. when auger operations are performed after dark, adequate illumination shall be provided;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Auger Holes; blocking: auger holes shall be securely blocked by spoil or other suitable material before they are abandoned.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 18, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45919. General rules and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following general rules and procedures shall be complied with:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Each place of work shall be visited by a certified person at the beginning of, and at least once during, each shift and more frequently as is necessary to insure that work is being done in a safe manner;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. No employee shall be assigned, allowed or required to perform work alone in any area where hazardous conditions exist that would endanger his safety unless he can communicate with others, can be heard or can be seen;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. When work is performed after dark, the areas of drilling, blasting, stripping and loading shall be properly illuminated;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. An authorized, certified person shall be in charge at all times when men are working;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Where telephone service is not available, emergency communications shall be provided to the nearest point of assistance; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Arrangements shall be made in advance for obtaining emergency medical assistance and transportation for injured persons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 148, &sect; 19, emerg. eff. April 7, 1978. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-931. Operator's fee - Disposition - Production report and forms.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. All operators of coal mining operations shall pay to the Department of Mines a fee of seven and one-half cents ($0.075) per ton of coal produced.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. All operators of noncoal mining operations shall pay to the Department of Mines a fee of one cent ($0.01) per ton of mineral produced. For the purposes of this section, "mineral" shall be defined as provided in paragraph 4 of Section 723 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The fees imposed by this section shall be paid no later than thirty (30) days after the end of each calendar quarter beginning the first calendar quarter after June 30, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Department shall develop and promulgate a report form, which shall be as similar as possible to the form required of operators by federal law, and which shall state the amount of coal or mineral produced during the calendar quarter, the method of coal or mineral removal, and the type of coal or mineral. The operator shall swear to the accuracy of the report before a notary public, who shall duly notarize the report.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. All fees collected by the Department of Mines pursuant to this section shall be deposited with the State Treasurer, who shall credit one cent ($0.01) per ton of fees collected on coal produced on or after July 1, 1988, and one-tenth of one cent ($0.001) per ton of fees collected on minerals produced on or after July 1, 1988, to the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute Revolving Fund, with the balance of the fees collected to be deposited in the Department of Mines Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1979, c. 74, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1979. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 221, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. June 22, 1981; Laws 1982, c. 266, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. May 14, 1982; Laws 1983, c. 69, &sect; 1, operative June 30, 1983; Laws 1987, c. 208, &sect; 89, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1987, c. 236, &sect; 94, emerg. eff. July 20, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 235, &sect; 5, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 2010, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 6, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45932. Delinquent reports and fees Penalty Time extension.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any operator who shall fail or refuse to file such quarterly report and pay his fees within the time and in the manner prescribed by law shall be deemed delinquent and a penalty of ten percent (10%) shall be added to the amount of fees actually due for said period.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Chief Mine Inspector may, in his discretion, grant an extension of time not exceeding thirty (30) days within which the fees for any quarterly period may be reported and paid without addition of the ten percent (10%) penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 74, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45933. Failure to report Ascertainment of coal mined Determination of fees Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any operator shall fail to make reports at the time and in the manner prescribed, the Chief Mine Inspector shall in such case, upon such information as he may possess or obtain, ascertain the amount of coal or mineral mined, and shall thereupon find and determine the amount of fees due from such person, and shall add a penalty for failure to report, which penalty shall equal ten percent (10%) of the fees imposed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1983, c. 69, &sect; 2, operative June 30, 1983. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45934. Lien for fees Perfecting Notice Indexing Release&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Fees which are due and unpaid shall be a first and perpetual lien upon all of the property of the operator against whom the fees are assessed, subject to any tax liens imposed by the state. The liens shall be perfected by the filing and recording of a notice of lien with the county clerk in the county in which the operator resides or has property and shall thereafter constitute constructive notice to purchasers of the existence and superiority of the lien. Said notice of lien shall contain the name of the operator, the amount of fees claimed to be due, and a description of the property against which the lien is claimed. The county clerk of any county in which such lien is filed shall index the lien in the same form and manner and in the same book as provided for the indexing of income tax liens, except that the said entry in the said index shall show that the lien is a coal or mineral fee lien. Upon payment of the fee the Chief Mine Inspector shall release the lien.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1983, c. 69, &sect; 3, operative June 30, 1983. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45935. Collection of delinquent fees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All delinquent fees imposed by this act shall constitute a debt due to the state and may be collected by action brought by the Attorney General in the name of the state against the delinquent debtor in any court of competent jurisdiction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 74, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45936. Payment of fee as condition precedent to coal mining Default in payment as ground for injunctive relief.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Payment of the fee levied by this act shall be a condition precedent to the engaging or continuing to engage in coal or mineral mining within this state, and default in the payment of fees as herein provided shall constitute cause for injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction upon application of the Chief Mine Inspector in the name of the state for an order restraining and enjoining any delinquent from engaging or continuing to engage in coal or mineral mining within this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1983, c. 69, &sect; 4, operative June 30, 1983. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45937. Violations; penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person who willfully obstructs or hinders the Chief Mine Inspector or other public officer or employee from collecting the fee prescribed in this act, or who makes any false or fraudulent report or return thereof with intent to defraud the state, or to evade the payment of the fee or any part thereof; or who willfully refuses to make and file a report or return as required by the terms of this act; or who aids or abets another in any of the foregoing prohibited acts, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as provided by law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1979, c. 74, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1979. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45938. Department of Mines Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Department of Mines to be designated the Department of Mines Revolving Fund. Expenditures from the fund shall be made for any lawful purpose of the Department of Mines. The revolving fund shall be administered in accordance with standard revolving fund procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-938.1. Oklahoma Miner Training Institute Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute to be designated the "Oklahoma Miner Training Institute Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies designated by Section 931 of this title to be deposited in the fund. All monies accruing to the credit of said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Oklahoma Mining Commission for the contract with the Board of Regents of Eastern Oklahoma State College for operation of the Oklahoma Miner Training Institute and associated expenses. Expenditures from said fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1988, c. 235, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 158. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45939. Coalfired electric generating plants Burning Oklahoma coal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All entities providing electric power for sale to the consumer in Oklahoma and generating said power from coalfired plants located in Oklahoma shall burn a mixture of coal that contains a minimum of ten percent (10%) Oklahoma mined coal, as calculated on a BTU (British Thermal Unit) basis.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 43, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1987. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45939.1. Cost increases to consumers and impairment of certain contracts prohibited.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The cost to the entity shall not increase the cost to the consumer or exceed the energy cost of existing longterm contracts for outofstate coal preference including preference given Oklahoma vendors as provided in Section 85.32 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 43, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1987. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;45-940. Fly ash or other material from coal combustion, power generating facilities and kiln dust generated by cement producing entities - Solid waste permit exemption.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All fly ash, bottom ash or any other such material produced by coal combustion, power generating facilities and kiln dust generated by cement producing entities shall be exempt from all solid waste permitting requirements pursuant to Title 27A of the Oklahoma Statutes, provided such ash or dust is constructively reutilized, or disposed of in any active or inactive coal or noncoal mining operation subject to the provisions contained in Title 45 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 45, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 4, 1991. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 161, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 25, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html>

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