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Minerals: Rulemaking for IDAPA 20.03.02
DOCKET: 20-0302-1901

Rules Governing Exploration, Surface Mining, and Closure of Cyanidation Facilities

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Status of Rulemaking

IDL began conducting negotiated rulemaking and accepting written public comments on the draft negotiated rules on May 1, 2019. The temporary rule became effective July 16, 2019. (See temporary rule web page for additional information.)

Negotiated rulemaking is continuing. See Negotiated Rulemaking Schedule below.

Documents Required by Idaho Administrative Procedure Act

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

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


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;
 •  reviewing every plan at least once every five years; and
 •  implementing a temporary rule by August 1, 2019.

Negotiated Rulemaking Schedule

IDL encourages public participation by either attending any of the following scheduled negotiated rulemaking public meetings or providing written comments to IDL during the specified comment period.

    The deadline for written comments on Draft Rule Text No. 5 is November 18, 2019.

Meeting Schedule for Negotiated Rulemaking

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. MT Boise
Idaho State Capitol Building, 4th floor, Majority Caucus Room (W-433)
700 West Jefferson Street, Boise, Idaho 83702

Previous Negotiated Rulemaking Meetings
May 9, 2019, Boise | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
    Intro to Rulemaking Presentation (pdf)

May 15, 2019, Boise | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
May 22, 2019, Boise | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
May 29, 2019, Boise | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
June 12, 2019, Pocatello | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
June 13, 2019, Challis | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
June 18, 2019, Coeur d'Alene | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
June 19, 2019, McCall | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
June 20, 2019, Boise | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
    Intro to Rulemaking Presententation shown at June 12 - June 20 sessions (pdf)
June 27, 2019, Boise | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
July 11, 2019, Boise | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
August 29, 2019, Boise | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)
October 24, 2019, Boise | Agenda (pdf) | Sign-in Sheet (pdf)

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 and Related Documents

Draft Negotiated Rule
Date Posted
Draft Rule Text No. 1 (pdf) 04/29/2019
Draft Rule Text No. 2 (pdf) 05/14/2019
Draft Rule Text No. 3 (pdf) 05/21/2019
Draft Rule Text No. 4 (pdf) 05/28/2019
Draft Rule Text No. 5 (pdf) 10/21/2019
Draft Temporary Rule
Date Posted
Draft Temp Rule Text No. 1 (pdf) 06/10/2019
Draft Temp Rule Text No. 2 (pdf) 06/26/2019
Response to Comments
Date Posted
Summary of Response to Comments (pdf) 08/26/2019

Compilation of Research Materials

Date Posted
Alaska Admin Code 11.05.120. Fees (pdf) 05/08/2019
Alaska Admin Code 11.97.100. Reclamation (pdf) 05/08/2019
Alaska DNR Director's Fee Order No. 3 (pdf) [13MB] 05/08/2019
Alaska DNR Reclamation Cost Estimate Guide (pdf) [8MB] 05/08/2019
Alaska Statute 27.19 Reclamation (pdf) 05/08/2019
Appalachia Coal Mining Reclamation Bonding (pdf) 05/08/2019
Arizona Mining Permitting Guide (pdf) 05/08/2019
Arizona Statute - Mining (pdf) 05/08/2019
BLM Nevada 3809 Reclamation Bonding Guide (pdf) 05/08/2019
Code Federal Regulations 30-CFR-800 (eCFR) Reclamation Bonding (pdf) 05/08/2019
Comparison International Reclamation Bonding (pdf) 05/08/2019
Dept. Interior Office Surface Mining Reclamation Bonds (pdf) 05/08/2019
Dept. Interior Office Surface Mining Self-Bonding (pdf) 05/08/2019
EPA Report 2016 Financial Assurance Instruments (pdf) 05/08/2019
EPA Report 2017 Self-Insurance Risks (pdf) 05/08/2019
Fee Research (IDL) (pdf) 05/08/2019
Financial Assurance Environmental Protection Costs (pdf) 05/08/2019
GAO Report 2018 Federal/State Finanical Assurance Challenges (pdf) 05/08/2019
Hardrock Reclamation Bonding Practices Western U.S. (pdf) 05/08/2019
Idaho Legislation 2019 House Bill 141 (pdf) 05/08/2019
Idaho Legislation 2019 House Bill 141 Governor Little Signs Law (pdf) 05/08/2019
Mining and Vanishing Surety Bond Market (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Annual Fee and Activity Report (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Annual Report Fee (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Exploration License (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Exploration License Required (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Operating Permit Fees (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Code Minerals Permit Fee/Surety Bond (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Hardrock Mining General Operating Permit (pdf) [5MB] 05/08/2019
Montana Metal Mine Bonding (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Minerals Exploration License (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Small Miner Exclusion (pdf) 05/08/2019
Montana Zortman-Landsky Mines Pollution (pdf) 05/08/2019
Nevada Bureau of Mining Regulation (BMRR) Fee Schedule (pdf) 05/08/2019
Nevada BMRR Water Pollution Control/Reclamation Permit Required (pdf) 05/08/2019
Nevada Admin Code Reclamation of Land Rev. 2016 (pdf) 05/08/2019
Nevada Revised Statute Reclamation of Land Rev. 2018 (pdf) 05/08/2019
New Mexico Mining Act (pdf) 05/08/2019
New Mexico Non-Coal Mining Fees (pdf) 05/08/2019
Pennsylvania Post-Mining Discharge Treatment Agreement (pdf) 05/08/2019
Pennsylvania Post-Mining Treatment Consent Order/Agreement (pdf) 05/08/2019
World Bank Group Guidance Implementation Financial Surety Mines (pdf) 05/08/2019
Wyoming Rules Limiting Self-Bonding (pdf) 05/08/2019
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Self-Bonding Program (Former) (pdf) 05/08/2019
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Self-Bonding Program (Proposed) (pdf) 05/08/2019
Fees Comparison, Other States (IDL) (pdf) 05/14/2019
Plan Processing Cost (IDL) (pdf) 05/14/2019
Plans Approved (IDL) (pdf) 05/14/2019
Code Federal Regulations 40-CFR-258.74 (eCFR) Allowable Mechanisms (pdf) 05/28/2019
Code Federal Regulations 40-CFR-3809.552 (eCFR) Individual Financial Guarantee (pdf) 05/28/2019
FDIC Deposit Insurance FAQs (pdf) 05/28/2019
Idaho Code Real Property Defined (pdf) 05/28/2019
Montana Code Investments (pdf) 05/28/2019
Montana Code Minerals Water Treatment Permanent Trust Fund (pdf) 05/28/2019
Montana Code Minerals Opencut Mining Reclamation Bond (pdf) 05/28/2019
Montana Property Bond for Opencut Mining Permit (pdf) 05/28/2019
New Mexico Guidance for Calculating Indirect Costs for Mine Reclamation (pdf) 05/28/2019
New Mexico Non-Coal Mining Financial Assurance Requirements (pdf) 05/28/2019
Pennsylvania Code Bonding (pdf) 05/28/2019
USFS Bond Guide (pdf) 05/28/2019
USFS Handbook Bonding Administration (pdf) 05/28/2019
Wyoming Rules Non-Coal Financial Assurance (Current) (pdf) 05/28/2019
Bond Ratings Comparison: Moody's/Standard & Poor's/Fitch's (pdf) 06/18/2019
Code Federal Regulations 40-CFR-264 (eCFR) Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (pdf) 06/18/2019
Code Federal Regulations 43-CFR-3809 (eCFR) Surface Management (pdf) 06/18/2019
Collateral Bonding Information (IDL) (pdf) 06/18/2019
Corporate Guarantee Comparison (IDL) (pdf) 06/18/2019
Corporate Guarantees/Self-Insurance Information (IDL) Revised (pdf) 06/18/2019
Dept. Treasury Circular 570 Requirements (pdf) 06/18/2019
Fitch Rating Definitions (pdf) 06/18/2019
Indirect Cost Comparison (IDL) (pdf) 06/18/2019
Montana Code Metal Mine Reclamation (pdf) 06/18/2019
Moody's Rating Symbols & Definitions (pdf) 06/18/2019
Standard & Poor's Global Ratings Definitions (pdf) 06/18/2019
Trust Funds Information (IDL) (pdf) 06/18/2019
CPA Licensing in Idaho (pdf) 10/21/2019
Nevada Administrative Code Chapters 445A.350 - 445A.447 (pdf) 10/21/2019
Nevada Bureau of Mining and Regulation (BMRR) Mining Branches (pdf) 10/21/2019
Nevada BMRR Closure Branch (pdf) 10/21/2019
Nevada BMRR Reclamation Branch (pdf) 10/21/2019
Nevada BMRR Regulation Branch (pdf) 10/21/2019

Written Public Comments on Draft Negotiated Rule

Submitted by
Date Received
Idaho Mining Association, Ben Davenport (pdf) 05/15/2019
USDA Forest Service, Minerals/Geology Management, Chad Hood (pdf) [24MB] 05/16/2019
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Matt Beeter (pdf) 05/21/2019
Idaho Mining Association, Ben Davenport (pdf) 05/22/2019
Lana Weber (pdf) 05/23/2019
Allison Fowle (pdf) 05/24/2019
Brady Turner (pdf) 05/24/2019
David Heep (pdf) 05/24/2019
Fran Rutter (pdf) 05/24/2019
Helen Hawley (pdf) 05/24/2019
Kay Goyden (pdf) 05/24/2019
Lawrence Flournoy (pdf) 05/24/2019
Leah Schulz (pdf) 05/24/2019
Lyle Titus (pdf) 05/24/2019
Paul Cooperrider (pdf) 05/24/2019
Rebecca MacMullan (pdf) 05/24/2019
Rhea Verbanic (pdf) 05/24/2019
Robert Carroll (pdf) 05/24/2019
Sarah Koerber (pdf) 05/24/2019
Christine Sugg (pdf) 05/28/2019
Dale Sugg (pdf) 05/28/2019
Idaho Associated General Contractors, Wayne Hammon (pdf) 05/28/2019
Jim Loveland (pdf) 06/03/2019
Zach Hull (pdf) 06/03/2019
Earthworks, Bonnie Gestring (pdf) 06/04/2019
Terrell Bostick (pdf) 06/05/2019
Idaho Conservation League, Austin Walkins & Jonathan Oppenheimer (pdf) 06/07/2019
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Patty McGrath (pdf) 06/11/2019
Andrew Taylor (pdf) 06/12/2019
David Heep (pdf) 06/12/2019
Tess Lindberg-Connor (pdf) 06/12/2019
Andrew Mentzer (pdf) 06/18/2019
Jessica Archibald (pdf) 06/18/2019
Liz Urban (pdf) 06/18/2019
Sharon Bosley (pdf) 06/18/2019
Stacy Gowing (pdf) 06/18/2019
Allison Dwyer (pdf) 06/19/2019
Colby Blair (pdf) 06/19/2019
Kirsten Severud (pdf) 06/19/2019
Nina Watt-Geier (pdf) 06/19/2019
Jon Kittell (pdf) 06/20/2019
Kelly O'Neill (pdf) 06/20/2019
Michael Mckee (pdf) 06/20/2019
Nick Monahan (pdf) 06/20/2019
Casey O'Leary (pdf) 06/21/2019
Helen Lojek (pdf) 06/21/2019
Idaho Conservation League, Austin Walkins & Jonathan Oppenheimer (pdf) 06/21/2019
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Mike McCurdy (pdf) 06/21/2019
Lisa Glodowski (pdf) 06/21/2019
Maura Goldstein (pdf) 06/21/2019
Nathan Todd (pdf) 06/21/2019
Kristin Bierle (pdf) 06/24/2019
Laura Bechdel (pdf) 06/24/2019
Susan McKean (pdf) 06/24/2019
Idaho Mining Association, Ben Davenport (pdf) 06/28/2019
Thompson Creek Mining Co., Bradley Kucera (pdf) [4MB] 06/28/2019
Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, Shannon Wheeler (pdf) 06/28/2019
Earl Dodds (pdf) 07/01/2019
Fred Coriell (pdf) 07/01/2019
Jim Loveland (pdf) 07/01/2019
John Lewinski (pdf) 07/01/2019
John Rygh (pdf) 07/01/2019
Idaho Conservation League, Jonathan Oppenheimer (pdf) 07/01/2019
Lynn Lewinski (pdf) 07/01/2019
Patrick Armstrong (pdf) 07/01/2019
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Patty McGrath (pdf) 07/01/2019
Rick Wells (pdf) 07/01/2019
Ruth Lewinski (pdf) 07/01/2019
Alida Bockino (pdf) 07/05/2019
James Manning (pdf) 07/08/2019
Michael Davidson (pdf) 07/08/2019
Alayna Huter (pdf) 07/11/2019
Andrew Taylor (pdf) 07/11/2019
Jessica Archibald (pdf) 07/11/2019
Bureau of Land Management, Joseph Larsen (pdf) 07/11/2019
Laurel Williams (pdf) 07/11/2019
Mary Fritz (pdf) 07/11/2019
Amy Fletcher (pdf) 07/12/2019
Andrew Anderson (pdf) 07/12/2019
Erin Bell (pdf) 07/12/2019
Kris Crookham (pdf) 07/12/2019
Michael Wells (pdf) 07/12/2019
Rachel DenHartog (pdf) 07/12/2019
Robert Zabrowski (pdf) 07/12/2019
Scott Friedman (pdf) 07/12/2019
Daniel Roper (pdf) 07/15/2019
U.S. Forest Service, Nora Rasure (pdf) 07/16/2019
Dan Lenihan (pdf) 07/17/2019
Mark Berria (pdf) 07/22/2019
Barclay Hauber (pdf) 07/26/2019
Derek Gendvil (pdf) 08/05/2019


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