405 KAR 20:070. Off-site coal processing plants

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/405/020/070.htm
Published: 2015

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      405 KAR 20:070.

Off-site coal processing plants.



350.010, 350.151, 350.465


AUTHORITY: KRS Chapter 13A, 350.028, 350.151, 350.465


FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS Chapter 350 in pertinent part requires the

cabinet to promulgate environmental protection performance standards for all

surface coal mining and reclamation operations. This administrative regulation

sets forth certain performance standards for off-site coal processing plants.


      Section 1.

Applicability. This administrative regulation establishes performance standards

for coal processing plants that are not located within the permit area for a

specific mine. This administrative regulation shall not apply to coal

processing plants which are located at the site of ultimate coal use.


      Section 2.

Performance Standards. Construction, operation, maintenance, modification,

reclamation, and removal activities at coal processing plants shall comply with

the provisions of 405 KAR Chapter 16 and 405 KAR 20:040, except as provided in

this section and Section 5 of this administrative regulation.

      (1) Those

provisions of 405 KAR 16:060 related to stream buffer zones shall not apply

except that the findings required for approval of a stream buffer zone variance

shall apply to any proposal to divert an intermittent or perennial stream.

      (2) 405 KAR

16:010, Section 2, coal recovery, shall not apply.

      (3) 405 KAR

16:010, Section 4, slide and erosion barriers, and Section 5, slides, shall not


      (4) 405 KAR

18:020 shall apply in lieu of 405 KAR 16:020.

      (5) 405 KAR

16:040, casing and sealing of drilled holes, shall not apply.

      (6) 405 KAR

16:120, use of explosives, shall not apply.

      (7) 405 KAR

16:190, Section 5, thick overburden, shall not apply.

      (8) 405 KAR

16:250, Section 2(2), minimize damage, destruction or disruption of utility

services, shall not apply.

      (9) 405 KAR

20:060, steep slopes, shall not apply.


      Section 3.

Nearby Underground Mining Activities. Adverse effects upon, or resulting from,

nearby underground mining activities shall be minimized by appropriate

measures, including but not limited to, compliance with 405 KAR 16:010, Section



      Section 4. Water

Supply Replacement. Any permittee shall replace the water supply of an owner of

interest in real property who obtains all or part of his or her supply of water

for domestic, agricultural, industrial, or other legitimate use from an

underground or surface source, when the water supply has been adversely

impacted by contamination, diminution, or interruption proximately resulting

from the coal processing plant activities.


      Section 5.

Previously Exempted Operations. Those coal processing plants in existence on

December 1, 1985 which had been previously exempted from the requirements of

405 KAR Chapters 7 through 24 by the provisions of KRS 350.060(22) and which

became subject to the provisions of this administrative regulation on December

1, 1985 shall comply with all provisions of Sections 1 through 4 of this

administrative regulation, except as provided in this section.

      (1) 405 KAR

16:010, Section 3, shall not apply to areas disturbed prior to December 1,


      (2) For surface

areas that are without suitable topsoil, 405 KAR 16:050, Section 1(3) shall


      (3) The

requirements of 405 KAR 16:070, Section 1(1)(a) shall not apply until final

action on the permit application by the cabinet and the sedimentation pond or

other treatment facility design has been approved by the cabinet or the

exemption provided by 405 KAR 16:070, Section 1(1)(c) has been granted. The cabinet,

as a condition of the permit, may approve a reasonable time to construct or

modify water treatment facilities.

      (4) Any coal

processing plant in existence on May 3, 1978, may comply with the backfilling

and grading requirements of 405 KAR 16:190, Section 7.

      (5) 405 KAR

20:040, prime farmland, shall not apply to any prime farmland disturbed prior

to December 1, 1985.

      (6) The

groundwater monitoring requirements of 405 KAR 16:110 shall not apply until

final action on the permit application by the cabinet and the groundwater

monitoring plan is approved. (8 Ky.R. 1592; eff. 1-6-83; Am. 12 Ky.R. 959;

1339; eff. 2-4-86.)