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Permitting and Technical Section

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  • May 27, 2021 - Underground Mining Effects Data Update: The Act 54 data page now includes a link to the Active Underground Bituminous Coal Mining Application that enables users to view and select active and historic mining activity in the Pennsylvania’s bituminous coal seams including: active underground permit boundaries, longwall mining panels, longwall panel plus dates and mined out areas. The act 54 data page now includes spreadsheet and summary tables of claims regarding underground mining effects through all of 2020 and some of 2021. The tables are updated multiple times per year.
  • May 14, 2021 – Small Noncoal Bond Form. A new bond calculation summary worksheet for small noncoal permits is available. Operators for new small noncoal permits should submit this form with their permit application.
  • March 27, 2021 – The following permit has been reissued: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Mining Activities (BMP GP-104). Those operators with existing coverage will receive notice in the mail. More information is available here.
  • March 22, 2021 - Bond Rates - Coal: The Bond Rate Guidelines for the Calculation of Land Reclamation Bonds on Coal Mining Operations was published on March 20, 2021.
  • March 22, 2021 - Ch 77 Noncoal Draft Rulemaking: Noncoal Mining Clarifications and Corrections proposed rulemaking package was published on March 20, 2021. The public comment period ends on May 4, 2021.
  • March 13, 2021 - Bond Rates - Noncoal: The revised Bond Schedule for the Calculation of Bond Amounts on Noncoal Mining Operations was published in the PA Bulletin on March 13, 2021. Please refer to this new schedule for calculating bonds.
  • March 13, 2021 - Water Supply Replacement Bond (O&M) Rates: Rates to be used to calculate long-term operation and maintenance cost bonds for water supply replacement was published in the PA Bulletin on March 13, 2021. Please refer to this new schedule for calculating bonds.

Mining-related Permitting and Technical Topics

This section of BMP is responsible for the following activities related to mining-related permitting and technical topics:

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