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§ 15-1106. Priority for expenditure of funds; eligibility for expenditures

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEnvironment

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Environment
Title 15. Mines and Mining (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 11. Abandoned Mine Reclamation
MD Code, Environment, § 15-1106
§ 15-1106. Priority for expenditure of funds; eligibility for expenditures
Priority
(a) The expenditure of funds available for the purposes of this subtitle shall reflect the following priorities in the order stated:
(1) The protection of public health, safety, general welfare, and property from extreme danger of adverse effects of coal mining practices;
(2) The protection of public health, safety, and general welfare from adverse effects of coal mining practices;
(3) The restoration of land and water resources and the environment previously degraded by adverse effects of coal mining practices including measures for the conservation and development of soil, water (excluding channelization), woodland, fish and wildlife, recreation resources, and agricultural productivity;
(4) Research and demonstration projects relating to the development of surface mining reclamation and water quality control program methods and techniques;
(5) The protection, repair, replacement, construction, or enhancement of public facilities such as utilities, roads, recreation, and conservation facilities adversely affected by coal mining practices; and
(6) The development of publicly owned land adversely affected by coal mining practices including land acquired as provided in this article for recreation and historic purposes, conservation, and reclamation purposes and open space benefits.
Lands and water eligible for reclamation expenditure
(b) Lands and water eligible for reclamation expenditures under this title are those which were mined for coal, or which were affected by such mining, wastebanks, coal processing, or other coal mining processes and abandoned or left in an inadequate reclamation status prior to August 3, 1977, and lands and water made eligible through amendments to the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 19771 as amended through October 1, 1994, and for which there is no continuing reclamation responsibility under State or federal law.

Credits

Added by Acts 1979, c. 399. Amended by Acts 1990, c. 6, § 2; Acts 1994, c. 443, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1994. Renumbered from Natural Resources § 7-906 by Acts 1995, c. 488, § 2, eff. July 1, 1995.

Footnotes

30 U.S.C.A. § 1201 et seq.
MD Code, Environment, § 15-1106, MD ENVIR § 15-1106
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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