Amendments to Standards for Revegetation Success on Reclaimed Coal Mine Lands.
RULE NO. & TITLE: (Please click on the hyperlinks below to view the proposed rule amendments)
2. Alabama Administrative Code 880-X-10D-.56: Revegetation: Standards for Success (Underground Coal Mining Operations)
INTENDED ACTION: The Alabama Surface Mining Commission Amends the above-listed rules.
SUBSTANCE OF ACTION: The rule amendment changes the standards for vegetation success for reclaimed mine lands which will be planted with trees or shrubs. The previous rule required an herbaceous ground cover of at least 80% on such areas for some post-mining land uses. Research and experience has shown that herbaceous ground cover of this density inhibits the growth of shrubs and trees and results in poor survival rates. The proposed rule changes this standard to require that herbaceous ground cover be sufficient to control erosion without setting a numeric standard.
Alabama Surface Mining Commission
Randall C. Johnson, Director
P. O. Box 2390
Jasper, Alabama 35502-2390
DATE OF APPROVAL BY THE US OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT:
February 19, 2013 Federal Register Notice : 78 FR 11577 (02/19/2013) (click to view)
Operative Date of this Rule: March 21, 2013
CONTACT PERSON AT AGENCY: Randall C. Johnson, Director
RANDALL C. JOHNSON
Copies of the proposed regulations are also available (either hard copy or on disc) at the Alabama Surface Mining Commission, 1811 Second Avenue, Second Floor, Pinnacle Bank Building, Jasper, Alabama.