Mine Site Reclamation Bond Rates
Primacy Coal Mining Permits
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations at 25 Pa Code Chapter 86, Section 86.145 require that existing guidelines for coal permit bonding rates shall be reviewed and, if necessary, revised annually to reflect the current cost of forfeiture reclamation to the department.
Pennsylvania Regulatory Program Amendment for the Defunct Alternative Bonding System, August 2008 Forms
PA Regulatory Program Amendment Report on the Alternative Bonding System (ABS) program which is used to supplement forfeited bonds to complete reclamation for surface coal mines, coal refuse reprocessing operations and coal preparation plants
Financial Guarantees and Bond Credits (PDF)
This document provides guidance to evaluate, process, and track Remining Financial Guarantees and bond credits
Application for Land Reclamation Financial Guarantees Checklist (PDF)
The Land Reclamation Financial Guarantee (LRFG) account provides financial assurance for the issuing of Land Reclamation Financial Guarantees for qualified operators
Remining Financial Guarantees Current Limits
Operator Limit - $510,000
Permit Limit - $170,000
Annual Fees – 1% of the total amount of the remining financial guarantee
Land Reclamation Financial Guarantees Current Limits
Program Limit - $100,000,000
Operator Limit - $3,000,000
Permit Limit – 50% of the required bond amount
Annual Fees – 1.5% of the total amount of the land reclamation financial guarantee
Consolidated Mineral Large Noncoal Mining Operations Calculation of Bond Amounts (PDF)
The term "consolidated minerals" is used to describe rock that is compacted into layers and is relatively consistent in composition, such as sandstone, limestone, granite and bluestone. This document describes the calculation of bonds for this type of mining.
Unconsolidated Mineral Noncoal Mining Operations Calculation of Bond Amounts (PDF)
The term "unconsolidated minerals" is used to describe rock that is loosely arranged or non-stratified sediment in which particles are not cemented together, commonly called sand and gravel. This document describes the calculation of bonds for this type of mining.
Small Noncoal Mining Operations Calculation of Bond Amounts (PDF)
Small Noncoal mining permits are limited to an annual production of 2,000 tons or 10,000 tons, depending on the type of mining license the mine operator possesses. This document describes the calculation of bonds for this type of mining.
Water Supply Replacement
Mining Operations Water Supply Replacement
Provides current and historical bonding rates to be used in calculating long-term operation and maintenance costs for the replacement of water supplies affected by mining activities