(a) An operator authorized under this act to operate a mine, after completion of mining
operations and within the time specified in K.S.A. 49-613, and amendments thereto, shall:
(1) Grade affected lands except for impoundments and pit floors to slopes no steeper
than one foot vertical rise for each three feet of horizontal distance. Where the original topography of the affected land was steeper than one foot of
vertical rise for each three feet of horizontal distance, the affected lands may be
graded to blend with the surrounding terrain. The grading of high banks of sand pits and highwalls may be modified or exempted
by the director.
(2) Provide for the vegetation of the affected lands, except for impoundments, pit
floors and highwalls, as approved by the director before the release of the bond as
provided in K.S.A. 49-616, and amendments thereto.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), overburden piles where disposition has not occurred
or will not occur for a period of 12 months shall be stabilized.
(c) Topsoil that is a part of overburden shall not be buried or destroyed in the process
(d) The director, with concurrence of the secretary, may grant a variance from the
requirements of subsections (a) and (b).
(e) A bond or security posted under this act to assure reclamation of affected lands
shall not be released until all reclamation work required by this section has been
performed in accordance with the provisions of this act, except when a replacement
bond or security is posted by a new operator or responsibility is transferred under
K.S.A. 49-610, and amendments thereto.
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