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RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

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Impoundment Resources

A coal mine waste slurry impoundment in DOI Region 1.

A coal mine waste slurry impoundment in DOI Region 1.

Research, Resources, and References

The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-87) requires that permanent impoundments of water on mining sites are to be authorized in the approved mining and reclamation plan and permit, as part of the reclamation activities only when it is adequately demonstrated that:

  1. the size of the impoundment is adequate for its intended purposes; and
  2. the impoundment dam construction will be so designed as to achieve necessary stability with an adequate margin of safety compatible with that of structures constructed under Public Law 83-566 (16 U.S.C. 1006).

This page is provided as a resource to aid those individuals responsible for meeting this mandate.




Page Last Modified/Reviewed: 1/27/2021

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