Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Energy
Department of Energy
Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations [4 VAC 25 ‑ 130]
Amendments regarding ownership and control, valid existing rights, self-bonding, and other issues
Action 3029
[Withdrawn 7/15/2009]
General Information
Action Summary The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is amending 4VAC25-130, Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations. Amendments to a number of sections for a variety of reasons are being carried out in this action. Sections dealing with valid existing rights and ownership and control of coal surface mining activities are being amended to maintain consistency with corresponding federal rules. Sections dealing with self bonding are being amended to replace the use of a cognovit note with an indemnity agreement, a preferable means for achieving the same assurance of bond. Reference to a board that no longer exists is being removed. The time period for public bodies to comment on permit applications is being amended to make it consistent with the time period allowed for individuals to comment. A subsection containing definitions of terms is being eliminated and the definitions moved to a different section containing definitions for consolidation and internal consistency. These amendments will make the chapter more consistent with federal regulations, more accurate, easier to understand, and more aligned with standard agency practices.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [001619]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
5119 NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 05/06/2009 before the Secretary's office completed its review.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Harve Mooney  / Legal Services Officer
Address: P.O. Drawer 900
Big Stone Gap
Virginia, VA 24219
Email Address:
Phone: (276)523-8271    FAX: (276)523-8141    TDD: (800)828-1120