(1) Each application must contain descriptions, including appropriate maps
and cross-section drawings, of the proposed disposal site and design of the
spoil disposal structures according to ARM 17.24.520. These plans must describe the geotechnical investigation, design,
construction, operation, maintenance, and removal (if appropriate) of the site
and structures in accordance with state and federal statutes and rules (see
also 30 CFR 816.71 and 816.73) .
(2) Each application must contain the results of a
geotechnical investigation of the proposed disposal site, including the
(a) the character of bedrock and any adverse
geologic conditions in the disposal area;
(b) a survey identifying all springs, seepage and
ground water flow observed or anticipated during wet periods in the area of the
(c) a survey of the potential effects of
subsidence of the subsurface strata due to past and future mining operations;
(d) a technical description of the rock materials
to be utilized in the construction of those disposal structures containing rock
chimney cores and underlain by a rock drainage blanket; and
(e) a stability analysis including, but not limited to, strength parameters, pore pressures and long-term seepage conditions. These data must be accompanied by a description of all engineering design assumptions and calculations and the alternatives considered in selecting the specific design specifications and methods.
(3) If rock-toe buttresses or key-way cuts are required, the application must include the following:
(a) the number, location, and depth of borings or test pits determined with respect to the size of the spoil disposal structure and subsurface conditions; and
(b) engineering specifications utilized to design the rock-toe buttress or key-way cuts, which must be determined in accordance with (2) (e) .