(1) The written determination to forfeit all or part of the bond, including the reasons for forfeiture and the amount to be forfeited, is a final decision by the department.

(2) The department may forfeit any or all bond deposited for an entire permit area. Liability under any bond, including separate bond increments or indemnity agreements applicable to a single operation must extend to the entire permit area.

(3) In the event the estimated amount forfeited is insufficient to pay for the full cost of reclamation, the permittee shall be liable for remaining costs. The department may complete or authorize completion of reclamation of the bonded area and may recover from the operator all costs of reclamation in excess of the amount forfeited.

History: 82-4-204, 82-4-205, MCA; IMP, 82-4-223, 82-4-232, 82-4-235, MCA; NEW, 1980 MAR p. 725, Eff. 4/1/80; AMD, 1989 MAR p. 30, Eff. 1/13/89; TRANS, from DSL, 1996 MAR p. 3042.