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17.24.308    OPERATIONS PLAN

(1) Each application must contain a description of the operations proposed to be conducted during the life of the mine including, at a minimum, the following:

(a) a narrative description of the type and method of mining procedures and proposed engineering techniques, anticipated annual and total production of mineral, by tonnage, and the major equipment to be used for all aspects of those operations;

(b) a narrative, with appropriate cross sections, design drawings, and other specifications sufficient to demonstrate compliance with ARM 17.24.609 and applicable rules of subchapter 10, explaining the construction, modification, use, maintenance, and removal of the following facilities (unless retention of such facilities is necessary for postmining land use as specified in ARM 17.24.762):

(i) dams, embankments, and other impoundments;

(ii) overburden and soil handling and storage areas and structures;

(iii) mineral removal, handling, storage, cleaning, and transportation areas and structures;

(iv) spoil, waste, garbage, and other debris removal, handling, storage, transportation, and disposal areas and structures;

(v) other support facilities as designated in ARM 17.24.609;

(vi) water and air pollution control facilities;

(vii) facilities or sites and associated access routes for environmental monitoring and data gathering activities or for the gathering of subsurface data by trenching, drilling, geophysical, or other techniques to determine the natures, depth, and thickness of all known strata, overburden, and coal seams; and

(viii) any additional information the department deems useful;

(c) a description of measures to be employed to ensure that all debris, acid, toxic, acid-forming, and toxic-forming materials, materials constituting a fire hazard, and otherwise undesirable materials are properly disposed of; and

(d) a description of the contingency plans which have been developed to extinguish a fire or sustained combustion of materials constituting a fire hazard;

(e) a description of steps to be taken to comply with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (42 USC 7401, et seq.), the Clean Water Act (33 USC 1251, et seq.), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 USC 6901, et seq.), and other applicable air and water quality laws and regulations and health and safety standards, or a copy of a valid permit issued under these laws; and

(f) a plan to prevent the establishment of, or to control, noxious weeds on all lands within the proposed permit area until phase IV bond release, in accordance with the Noxious Weed Management Act, 7-22-2102 through 7-22-2153, MCA, as amended.

History: 82-4-204, MCA; IMP, 82-4-222, MCA; NEW, 1980 MAR p. 725, Eff. 4/1/80; AMD, 1989 MAR p. 30, Eff. 1/13/89; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 2957, Eff. 11/11/94; TRANS, from DSL, 1996 MAR p. 3042; AMD, 2004 MAR p. 2548, Eff. 10/22/04; AMD, 2012 MAR p. 737, Eff. 4/13/12.

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