Rules Governing Mined Land Reclamation
Status of Rulemaking
IDL has submitted a final draft negotiated rule to be formatted for publication as a proposed rule.
The proposed rule will be published in the Idaho Administrative Bulletin on September 16, 2020 under docket 20-0000-2000F (omnibus proposed fee rule).
Public Comment Opportunities
Public comment period on proposed rule: Sept. 16 – Oct. 7, 2020
IDL encourages public participation by either attending the scheduled public hearing or providing written comments to IDL during the open comment period. Written and oral comments are given the same consideration.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. MT
- Attend in person (Boise): Joe R. Williams Building, East Conference Room, 700 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702
- Attend via Zoom web conference
Meeting ID: 991 2555 6496
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- Attend via telephone
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The first hour of the hearing will be dedicated to public comment on the proposed rule for IDAPA 20.03.02, Rules Governing Mined Land Reclamation (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. MT).
The remainder of the hearing will be dedicated to public comment on any proposed fee rule under IDAPA 20, Rules of the Idaho Department of Lands (10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. MT). See web page for docket 20-0000-2000F: omnibus proposed fee rule.
Documents Required by Idaho Administrative Procedure Act
Notice of Intent to Promulgate Rules – Administrative Bulletin Volume 20-5, May 6, 2020 – Page 95
This rulemaking began in May 2019 under docket number 20-0302-1901 and was assigned a new docket number in May 2020. For rulemaking materials and comments received in 2019, please see the web page for docket 20-0302-1901.
The passage of House Bill 141 during the 2019 legislative session significantly amended Idaho’s Surface Mining Act. IDL is initiating rulemaking to incorporate key legislative changes into rule, which include:
• determining surface impacts of underground mines;
• setting fees for reclamation plans;
• incorporating water treatment and post-closure activities in reclamation plans, as needed;
• requiring that all reclamation tasks in a plan be completed and covered by financial assurance;
• estimating actual cost of reclamation and post-closure activities;
• allowing additional types of financial assurance, such as corporate guarantees and trusts; and
• reviewing every plan at least once every five years.
This rulemaking will also address cyanide closure plans, prompted by amendments to IDAPA 58.01.13, Rules for Ore Processing by Cyanidation by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
Zero-Based Regulation Prospective Analysis Form, completed May 2020 for negotiated rulemaking.
Negotiated Rulemaking Schedule
No additional meetings are scheduled for negotiated rulemaking.
Aug. 10, 2020 – Agenda 8-10-2020 | Participant list 8-10-2020
July 17, 2020 – Agenda 7-17-20 | Participant list 7-17-20
June 30, 2020 – Agenda 6-30-20 | Participant list 6-30-20
May 15, 2020 – Agenda 5-15-20 | Participant list 5-15-20
Meetings held in 2019 are posted on the web page for docket 20-0302-1901.
Draft Rule and Public Comments
|Draft Rule Text||Date Posted||Meeting |
|Draft Rule Text #9||8/5/2020||8/10/2020||8/13/2020|
|Draft Rule Text #8||7/15/2020||7/17/2020||7/24/2020|
|Draft Rule Text #7||6/18/2020||6/30/2020||7/10/2020|
|Draft Rule Text #6||5/8/2020||5/15/2020||5/22/2020|
Compilation of Research Materials
|Collateral Bonding Information (IDL)||06/18/2019|
|Corporate Guarantee Comparison (IDL), revised||07/28/2020|
|Corporate Guarantees/Self-Insurance Information (IDL), revised||07/28/2020|
|CPA Licensing in Idaho||10/21/2019|
|Fee Research (IDL)||05/08/2019|
|Fees Comparison, Other States (IDL)||05/14/2019|
|Financial Assurance Timing Comparison, Other States (IDL)||08/10/2020|
|Idaho Code Real Property Defined||05/28/2019|
|Idaho Legislation 2019 House Bill 141||05/08/2019|
|Indirect Cost Comparison (IDL)||06/18/2019|
|Plan Processing Cost (IDL)||05/14/2019|
|Plans Approved (IDL)||05/14/2019|
|Trust Fund Comparison (IDL)||07/28/2020|
|Trust Funds Information (IDL), revised||07/28/2020|
|Appalachia Coal Mining Reclamation Bonding||05/08/2019|
|Bond Ratings Comparison: Moody's/Standard & Poor's/Fitch's||06/18/2019|
|Comparison International Reclamation Bonding||05/08/2019|
|FDIC Deposit Insurance FAQs||05/28/2019|
|Financial Assurance Environmental Protection Costs||05/08/2019|
|Fitch Rating Definitions||06/18/2019|
|Hardrock Reclamation Bonding Practices Western U.S.||05/08/2019|
|Idaho Legislation 2019 House Bill 141 Governor Little Signs Law||05/08/2019|
|Mining and Vanishing Surety Bond Market||05/08/2019|
|Montana Zortman-Landsky Mines Pollution||05/08/2019|
|Moody's Rating Symbols & Definitions||06/18/2019|
|Standard & Poor's Global Ratings Definitions||06/18/2019|
|World Bank Group Guidance Implementation Financial Surety Mines||05/08/2019|
|Wyoming Rules Limiting Self-Bonding||05/08/2019|
Resource Protection and Assistance Bureau Chief
IDL Boise Staff Office
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