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17.24.1807    CONTENTS OF APPLICATION: STUDIES AND INVENTORIES

The applicant shall submit, as a minimum:

(1) overburden analyses capable of meeting the requirements of Title 82, chapter 4, part 2, MCA, pursuant rules and regulations and current departmental guidelines;

(2) mineral analyses capable of meeting the requirements of Title 82, chapter 4, part 2, MCA, pursuant rules and regulations and current departmental guidelines;

(3) two sets of geologic cross-sections accurately depicting the geologic makeup beneath the surface of the proposed mining area.   Each set shall depict subsurface conditions at intervals not to exceed 1,500 feet across the surface and shall run at a 90 angle to the other set.   Each cross-section shall depict the thickness and geologic character of all strata beginning with the topsoil.   After the department has had opportunity to review material, submitted pursuant to (1) and (2) of this rule, and this section, the applicant shall be notified in writing as to whether any additional drilling or testing will be required.   If further tests are deemed necessary by the department, the additional testing program shall be clearly outlined in writing to the applicant.

(4) soil surveys and maps capable of meeting the requirements of Title 82, chapter 4, part 2, MCA, pursuant rules and regulations, and current department guidelines;

(5) vegetation surveys and maps capable of meeting the requirements of Title 82, chapter 4, part 2, MCA, pursuant rules and regulations, and current departmental guidelines;

(6) wildlife surveys and maps capable of meeting the requirements of Title 82, chapter 4, part 2, MCA, pursuant rules and regulations and current departmental guidelines;

(7) hydrology studies and maps capable of meeting the requirements of Title 82, chapter 4, part 2, MCA, pursuant rules and regulations, and current department guidelines;

(8) a listing, location and description of the archaeological, historical, ethnological and cultural values of the area of land to be affected by the proposed mining operation.   When possible, such values shall be located and identified on accompanying maps.   Published research or other information must be submitted or referenced;

(9) a comprehensive listing, location and description of scenic and/or geological formation or sites.   Panoramic photographs may be used to show such formations or sites;

(10) a description of effect the proposed mining area operation will have on adjacent or surrounding lands.

History: 82-4-111, 82-4-112, MCA; IMP, 82-4-112, MCA; NEW, Eff. 4/4/75; TRANS, from DSL, 1996 MAR p. 2852.

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