(1) In order to facilitate management of multiple permits for a contiguous area, a permittee may, with department approval, consolidate permits.
(2) In order to obtain permit consolidation, the permittee must submit an application containing the following information:
(a) an explanation of the purpose of the consolidation and a summary of cumulative disturbances;
(b) a single map showing the entire proposed permitted area;
(c) a table showing the consolidated acreage of permitted areas, total permitted disturbance, and total acreage reclaimed to date;
(d) an updated facilities map showing all facilities modifications that have occurred since the issuance of the individual permits. This map may be combined with the permit area map required under (b) above if there is no loss in legibility;
(e) a consolidated bonding map showing what areas, if any, are subject to pre-July 1, 1974, bonding levels and showing which bonds cover which areas; and
(f) a consolidated operating and reclamation plan and supporting maps, showing, as appropriate, the area to which each plan applies. No action under this subsection affects a bond in effect under pre-July 1, 1974, bonding levels.
(3) Following consolidation, annual reports must be submitted on the renewal date of the oldest of the permits to be consolidated.