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(a) Lands and water eligible for reclamation or drainage abatement expenditures under this chapter are those which were mined for coal or which were affected by the mining, wastebanks, coal processing, or other coal mining processes and abandoned or left in an inadequate reclamation status prior to August 3, 1977, and for which there is no continuing reclamation responsibility under federal or other state laws.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, lands and water similarly affected by coal mining or other mining processes and abandoned or left in an inadequate reclamation status after August 3, 1977, are also eligible for reclamation or drainage abatement expenditures under this chapter if the Director of the Division of Environmental Quality makes either of the following findings:
(1) A finding that the surface coal mining operation occurred during the period beginning on August 4, 1977, and ending on or before November 21, 1980, and that any funds for reclamation or abatement which are available pursuant to a bond or other form of financial guarantee or from any other source are not sufficient to provide for adequate reclamation or abatement at the site; or
(2) A finding that the surface coal mining operation occurred during the period beginning on August 4, 1977, and ending on or before November 5, 1990, and the surety of the mining operator became insolvent during the period, and, as of March 1, 1995, funds immediately available from proceedings relating to that insolvency or from any financial guarantee or other source are not sufficient to provide for adequate reclamation or abatement at the site.
(c)(1) In determining which sites to reclaim pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the director shall follow the priorities stated in § 15-58-402(1) and (2).
(2) The director shall ensure that priority is given to those sites which are in the immediate vicinity of a residential area or which have an adverse economic impact upon a community.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Arkansas Code Title 15. Natural Resources and Economic Development § 15-58-401. Land and water eligibility - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ar/title-15-natural-resources-and-economic-development/ar-code-sect-15-58-401/
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