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Minerals: Rulemaking for IDAPA 20.03.02

Docket 20-0302-2001

Rules Governing Mined Land Reclamation

Status of Rulemaking

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.

IDL is conducting negotiated rulemaking and accepting written public comments on the draft negotiated rules:

  • Deadline for written comments on draft rule text #7: July 10, 2020
  • The next negotiated rulemaking meeting will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. (MT).

Documents Required by Idaho Administrative Procedure Act

Notice of Intent to Promulgate Rules – Administrative Bulletin Volume 20-5, May 6, 2020 – Page 95

(Second) Notice of Intent to Promulgate Rules – Administrative Bulletin Volume 19-10, October 2, 2019 – Page 220

Notice of Intent to Promulgate Rules – Administrative Bulletin Volume 19-5, May 1, 2019 – Page 69


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

IDL encourages public participation by attending scheduled negotiated rulemaking public meetings or providing written comments to IDL on the draft negotiated rule.

Next negotiated rulemaking meeting:

Friday July, 17, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. (MT)

  • To participate via audio: Toll Free 1-877-820-7831; Participant Code 146275
  • To participate via web conference: Please email to request the Zoom link.

Previous meetings
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – Agenda | Participant list
Friday, May 15, 2020 – Agenda | Participant list

IDL may schedule additional negotiated rulemaking meetings or cancel previously scheduled meetings contingent upon the outcomes obtained on issues arising from these negotiation proceedings.

Draft Negotiated Rule

Draft Negotiated RuleDate PostedMeeting DiscussionWritten Comment Deadline
Draft Rule Text No. 76/18/20206/30/20207/10/2020
Draft Rule Text No. 65/8/20205/15/20205/22/2020
Previous draft rule text is posted on the web page for docket 20-0302-1901.

Written Public Comments on Draft Negotiated Rule

Comment Submitted byDate Received
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Mary Anne Nelson 7/10/2020
Idaho Bucket Miners, Alan Gilda 7/10/2020
Keceph Mountain LLC, Jeremy Chou 7/10/2020
Idaho Mining Association, Ben Davenport 7/10/2020
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Patty McGrath 7/10/2020
J.R. Simplot Co. Alan Prouty 7/10/2020
Thompson Creek Mining Company, Bradley Kucera 7/09/2020
Idaho Mining Association, Ben Davenport5/22/2020
J.R. Simplot Co., Alan Prouty5/22/2020
Keceph Mountain LLC, Jeremy Chou5/22/2020
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, James Werntz5/22/2020
Keceph Mountain LLC, Jeremy Chou5/18/2020

Comments received in 2019 are posted on the web page for docket 20-0302-1901.

SubjectDate Posted
Code Federal Regulations 36-CFR-228 (eCFR) Minerals6/17/2020
Federal Acquisition Regulations6/17/2020
Montana Rule 17.24.107 Reclamation Requirements – Exploration6/17/2020
Nevada Mine Plan Application6/17/2020
New Mexico Non-Coal Mining Operations6/17/2020
Oregon Rule 632-030 Reclamation – Surface Mining6/17/2020
Oregon Rule 632-033 Reclamation – Exploration Activities6/17/2020
Oregon Rule 632-035 Reclamation – Placer Mines, Coal Mines6/17/2020
Oregon Rule 632-037 Consolidated Permitting of Mining Operations6/17/2020
South Dakota Code 45-6B Mined Land Reclamation6/17/2020
South Dakota Rule 74:29 Mined Land Reclamation6/17/2020
Utah Code 40-8 Mined Land Reclamation6/17/2020
Washington Admin Code 332-18 Surface Mine Reclamation6/17/2020
Washington Code 78.44 Surface Mining6/17/2020
Washington Code 78.56 Metals Mining6/17/2020
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Authorities and Definitions6/17/2020
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Environmental Protection Performance Standards6/17/2020
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Exploration by Dozing6/17/2020
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Exploration by Drilling 6/17/2020
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Limited Mining Operations for 15 Acres or Less6/17/2020
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Mine Permit Applications6/17/2020
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Permit Application Requirements for Small Mining Operations6/17/2020
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Underground Mining6/17/2020
CPA Licensing in Idaho10/21/2019
Nevada Administrative Code Chapters 445A.350 - 445A.447 10/21/2019
Nevada Bureau of Mining and Regulation (BMRR) Mining Branches10/21/2019
Nevada BMRR Closure Branch10/21/2019
Nevada BMRR Reclamation Branch10/21/2019
Nevada BMRR Regulation Branch10/21/2019
Bond Ratings Comparison: Moody's/Standard & Poor's/Fitch's 06/18/2019
Code Federal Regulations 40-CFR-264 (eCFR) Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities06/18/2019
Code Federal Regulations 43-CFR-3809 (eCFR) Surface Management06/18/2019
Collateral Bonding Information (IDL) 06/18/2019
Corporate Guarantee Comparison (IDL)06/18/2019
Corporate Guarantees/Self-Insurance Information (IDL) Revised06/18/2019
Dept. Treasury Circular 570 Requirements 06/18/2019
Fitch Rating Definitions06/18/2019
Indirect Cost Comparison (IDL) 06/18/2019
Montana Code Metal Mine Reclamation06/18/2019
Moody's Rating Symbols & Definitions 06/18/2019
Standard & Poor's Global Ratings Definitions 06/18/2019
Trust Funds Information (IDL)06/18/2019
Code Federal Regulations 40-CFR-258.74 (eCFR) Allowable Mechanisms 05/28/2019
Code Federal Regulations 40-CFR-3809.552 (eCFR) Individual Financial Guarantee05/28/2019
FDIC Deposit Insurance FAQs 05/28/2019
Idaho Code Real Property Defined 05/28/2019
Montana Code Investments 05/28/2019
Montana Code Minerals Water Treatment Permanent Trust Fund 05/28/2019
Montana Code Minerals Opencut Mining Reclamation Bond 05/28/2019
New Mexico Guidance for Calculating Indirect Costs for Mine Reclamation 05/28/2019
Montana Property Bond for Opencut Mining Permit 05/28/2019
New Mexico Non-Coal Mining Financial Assurance Requirements 05/28/2019
Pennsylvania Code Bonding 05/28/2019
USFS Bond Guide 05/28/2019
USFS Handbook Bonding Administration 05/28/2019
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Financial Assurance (Current) 05/28/2019
Fees Comparison, Other States (IDL)05/14/2019
Plan Processing Cost (IDL)05/14/2019
Plans Approved (IDL)05/14/2019
Alaska Admin Code 11.05.120. Fees 05/08/2019
Alaska Admin Code 11.97.100. Reclamation05/08/2019
Alaska DNR Director's Fee Order No. 305/08/2019
Alaska DNR Reclamation Cost Estimate Guide05/08/2019
Alaska Statute 27.19 Reclamation05/08/2019
Appalachia Coal Mining Reclamation Bonding05/08/2019
Arizona Mining Permitting Guide05/08/2019
Arizona Statute - Mining 05/08/2019
BLM Nevada 3809 Reclamation Bonding Guide05/08/2019
Code Federal Regulations 30-CFR-800 (eCFR) Reclamation Bonding05/08/2019
Comparison International Reclamation Bonding05/08/2019
Dept. Interior Office Surface Mining Reclamation Bonds05/08/2019
Dept. Interior Office Surface Mining Self-Bonding05/08/2019
EPA Report 2016 Financial Assurance Instruments 05/08/2019
EPA Report 2017 Self-Insurance Risks05/08/2019
Fee Research (IDL)05/08/2019
Financial Assurance Environmental Protection Costs05/08/2019
GAO Report 2018 Federal/State Financial Assurance Challenges05/08/2019
Hardrock Reclamation Bonding Practices Western U.S. 05/08/2019
Idaho Legislation 2019 House Bill 14105/08/2019
Idaho Legislation 2019 House Bill 141 Governor Little Signs Law05/08/2019
Mining and Vanishing Surety Bond Market05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Annual Fee and Activity Report05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Annual Report Fee 05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Exploration License05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Exploration License Required05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Operating Permit Fees05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Permit Fee/Surety Bond05/08/2019
Montana Hardrock Mining General Operating Permit05/08/2019
Montana Metal Mine Bonding05/08/2019
Montana Minerals Exploration License05/08/2019
Montana Small Miner Exclusion05/08/2019
Montana Zortman-Landsky Mines Pollution05/08/2019
Nevada Bureau of Mining Regulation (BMRR) Fee Schedule05/08/2019
Nevada BMRR Water Pollution Control/Reclamation Permit Required05/08/2019
Nevada Admin Code Reclamation of Land Rev. 201605/08/2019
Nevada Revised Statute Reclamation of Land Rev. 2018 05/08/2019
New Mexico Mining Act05/08/2019
New Mexico Non-Coal Mining Fees05/08/2019
Pennsylvania Post-Mining Discharge Treatment Agreement05/08/2019
Pennsylvania Post-Mining Treatment Consent Order/Agreement05/08/2019
World Bank Group Guidance Implementation Financial Surety Mines05/08/2019
Wyoming Rules Limiting Self-Bonding05/08/2019
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Self-Bonding Program (Former)05/08/2019
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Self-Bonding Program (Proposed)05/08/2019


Eric Wilson
Resource Protection and Assistance Bureau Chief
IDL Boise Staff Office
(208) 334-0261

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