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§ 30.54a. Site selection

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 52 P.S. Mines and MiningEffective: February 1, 2010

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 52 P.S. Mines and Mining (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 2. Coal Refuse Disposal Control Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: February 1, 2010
52 P.S. § 30.54a
§ 30.54a. Site selection
(a) Preferred sites shall be used for coal refuse disposal unless the applicant demonstrates to the department another site is more suitable based upon engineering, geology, economics, transportation systems and social factors and is not adverse to the public interest. A preferred site is one of the following:
(1) A watershed polluted by acid mine drainage.
(2) A watershed containing an unreclaimed surface mine but which has no mining discharge.
(3) A watershed containing an unreclaimed surface mine with discharges that could be improved by the proposed coal refuse disposal operation.
(4) Unreclaimed coal refuse disposal piles that could be improved by the proposed coal refuse disposal operation.
(5) Other unreclaimed areas previously affected by mining activities.
(6) An area adjacent to or an expansion of an existing coal refuse disposal site.
Where, however, the adverse environmental impacts of the preferred site clearly outweigh the public benefits, the site shall not be considered a preferred site.
(b) Except if it is a preferred site, coal refuse disposal shall not occur on prime farm lands, in sites known to contain Federal threatened or endangered plants or animals or State threatened or endangered animals, in watersheds designated as exceptional value under 25 Pa. Code Ch. 93 (relating to water quality standards), in areas hydrologically connected to and which contribute at least five per cent of the drainage to wetlands designated as exceptional value under 25 Pa. Code Ch. 105 (relating to dam safety and waterway management) unless a larger percentage is approved by the department in consultation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and in watersheds less than four square miles in area upstream of the intake of public water supplies or the upstream limit of public recreational impoundments.
(c) For new refuse disposal areas to support an existing coal mining activity, the applicant shall identify the alternative sites considered within a one mile radius and the basis for their consideration. Where there are no preferred sites within a one mile radius or where the applicant, under subsection (a), demonstrates that a nonpreferred site is more suitable, the applicant shall demonstrate the basis for the exclusion of other sites and shall, based on reasonably available data, demonstrate to the department that the proposed site is the most suitable on the basis of environmental, economic, technical, transportation and social factors and that the proposed site meets the requirements of subsection (b). However, where the adverse environmental impacts of the proposed site clearly outweigh the public benefits, the department shall not approve the site.
(d) For other new coal refuse disposal activities, the applicant shall identify the alternative sites considered within a twenty-five square mile area and the basis for their consideration. Where there are no preferred sites in an area of twenty-five square miles or where the applicant, under subsection (a), demonstrates that a nonpreferred site is more suitable, the applicant shall demonstrate the basis for the exclusion of other sites and shall, based on reasonably available data, demonstrate to the department that the proposed site is the most suitable on the basis of environmental, economic, technical, transportation and social factors and that the proposed site meets the requirements of subsection (b). However, where the adverse environmental impacts of the proposed site clearly outweigh the public benefits, the department shall not approve the site.
(e) The alternatives analysis required by this section satisfies the requirement for an alternatives analysis under the act of November 26, 1978 (P.L. 1375, No. 325),1 known as the “Dam Safety and Encroachments Act,” and regulations promulgated under the act.

Credits

1968, Sept. 24, P.L. 1040, No. 318, § 4.1, added 1994, Dec. 7, P.L. 792, No. 114, § 4, effective in 60 days. Amended 2010, Feb. 1, P.L. 126, No. 4, § 3, imd. effective.

Footnotes

32 P.S. § 693.1 et seq.
52 P.S. § 30.54a, PA ST 52 P.S. § 30.54a
Current through Act 4 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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