SB 139 (BR 1548) - K. Stein
AN ACT relating to surface mining.
Amend KRS 350.450 to require when conducting mountain top removal or approximate original contour mining that overburden be returned to mined areas to the extent possible; require remaining overburden to be disposed of in a permitted area or on a area under the abandoned mine land program if approved as a disposal site or transported and placed in specially constructed lifts; prohibit overburden from being placed in intermittent, perennial, or ephemeral streams or other water of the Commonwealth; make requirements on overburden placement mandatory for permits that specify a post-mine land use; amend KRS 350.440 to require that any spoil material not be disposed of in intermittent, perennial, or ephemeral streams and that spoil not returned to the mine area be disposed of by placing in a site eligible under the abandoned mine land program or in specially constructed lifts; amend KRS 350.410 to prescribe that restoration to approximate original contour include both the configuration of the site and the elevation of the site prior to the coal removal and to prohibit spoil from being placed in streams and require placement in either a disposal site on lands under the abandoned mine land program or in specially constructed fills.
Feb 4-introduced in Senate
Feb 8-to Natural Resources and Energy (S)