3.10 Coal Mining Operator License

3.10 Coal Mining Operator License
Question: Am I responsible for a coal mining operation?
Why do I need this approval?
Maryland requires that anyone responsible for a coal
mining operation obtain a mining operator license from
the Department.
The purpose of the license is to ensure that coal mining
operations meet the Department's environmental
standards, have proper credentials, have acceptable
track records in Maryland and elsewhere, and meet
financial accountability requirements.
What laws or regulations give MDE the legal
authority to issue this approval?
FEDERAL: Surface Mining Control and Reclamation
Act of 1977, 30 U.S.C.A §1201, et seq.
STATE: Environment Article, Title 15, Subtitle 5 and
6; Sections 15-504 and 15-605.
What is the process to get this approval?
1) Submit the completed application to:
Maryland Department of the Environment
Bureau of Mines
160 South Water Street
Frostburg, MD 21532
2) The Department will review the application for
completeness and verify that the applicant has not
forfeited a bond in Maryland or in any other state.
Are there any other requirements?
The application shall include the following:
a) Identify if the application is for open pit or deep
b) Identify the business structure for the applicant, such
as: corporation, partnership, association, individual, or
c) If the applicant is a corporation, indicate state in
which incorporated, date of incorporation, name and
address of resident agent; and
d) Include verification that the business has been
registered with the Maryland Department of
Assessment and Taxation.
How long should I expect it to take to get this
approval once I submit a complete application?
30 days
Once I get this approval, how long will it last?
One year, January 1 to December 31.
How much will this approval cost?
Type of Fee
Application fee
Renewal fee
$10 annually
Do I need to know any additional information?
The applicant will be denied a renewal if violations or
corrective actions in Maryland or other states have not
been corrected.
Who do I contact with additional questions?
John E. Carey or Alan V. Hooker
Mining Program
Bureau of Mines
[email protected]\ODQG.JRY
[email protected]
(301) 689-1440
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