Form 5600-FM-BMP0092 "Coal Exploration Notice of Intent to Explore or Request for Permit Waiver" - Pennsylvania

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5600-FM-BMP0092
Rev. 7/2019
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
BUREAU OF MINING PROGRAMS
COAL EXPLORATION
NOTICE OF INTENT TO EXPLORE
OR REQUEST FOR PERMIT WAIVER
Operators are strongly encouraged to submit this Notice or Request through the DEP
epermitting process.
The paper version of this form will no longer be accepted after January 1, 2019.
For information on how to register and submit an epermit application, go here:
https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Mining/Pages/eInitiatives.aspx
Contact your local District Mining Office for additional guidance.
5600-FM-BMP0092
Rev. 7/2019
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
BUREAU OF MINING PROGRAMS
COAL EXPLORATION
NOTICE OF INTENT TO EXPLORE
OR REQUEST FOR PERMIT WAIVER
Operators are strongly encouraged to submit this Notice or Request through the DEP
epermitting process.
The paper version of this form will no longer be accepted after January 1, 2019.
For information on how to register and submit an epermit application, go here:
https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Mining/Pages/eInitiatives.aspx
Contact your local District Mining Office for additional guidance.
5600-FM-BMP0092
Rev. 7/2019
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Date Received:
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
BUREAU OF MINING PROGRAMS
Date Inspected:
MCI:
COAL EXPLORATION
NOTICE OF INTENT TO EXPLORE
Notice No.
OR REQUEST FOR PERMIT WAIVER
DEP USE ONLY
I.
General
A. Exploration Firm, Company, Agent or Individual
B. Period of Intended Exploration
Name
, (     )     -     
From
   /   
/
Address
MO
DAY
YEAR
City
, State   
, Zip
Mine Operator License Number
To
   /   
/
(License not required if exploration is by drilling only)
Contact Person
MO
DAY
YEAR
Exploration Location
Municipality(ies)
County
USGS Quadrangle(s)
Name of Exploration Area/Site
Exploration for (type of mining)
Surface Mining
Underground Mining
Coal Refuse Reprocessing
Method of Exploration
Drilling (Boreholes or Coreholes)
Test Pits/Trenches/Excavation
Excavation of Coal Refuse Pile
Type(s) of equipment to be used:
Drill Rig
Backhoe
Bulldozer
Front End Loader
Blasting
Other (list)
Is the area designated unsuitable for mining or under study for designation pursuant to 25 Pa. Code Chapter 86, Subchapter D.
Yes
No
Attach a 7½ minute U.S.G.S. topographic map showing:
 the location of planned test holes, test pits or trenches (include the approximate dimensions for pits/trenches/excavations).
 the extent of the exploration area covered by this exploration notice.
 anticipated access roads to exploration locations from existing roads.
 extent of any known mine pools.
If the method of exploration is test pits, trenches, or excavation, attach a separate sheet identifying the name of the landowner(s) for those
exploration areas. Key the landowner name(s) to the attached USGS map.
If the method of exploration is test pits, trenches, or excavation, no exploration activities are allowed on restricted areas or barrier areas as
defined under 25 Pa. Code Chapter 86.102 unless the waiver requirements of Chapter 86.103 are complied with. Will any of these areas
be affected?
Yes
No
If yes, identify the protected feature (e.g. occupied dwelling) on the USGS map and provide a waiver. The waiver
must be approved prior to exploration activities on these areas.
II.
Testing
1.
What is the purpose of testing at this site?
Extent of Coal Reserves
Geologic and Hydrologic Information
Coal Quality
Coal Refuse Pile Recoverability
2.
If the method of exploration is test pits/trenches/excavation, provide:
name and address of laboratory or processing facility to conduct testing
·
amount of coal needed for testing purposes
·
amount of coal refuse material needed for testing purposes
·
expected % coal recovery from coal refuse material
·
completed consent of landowner form (Supplemental C) for each property
·
III. Performance and Design Standards
Describe the practices to be followed to protect the environment from adverse impacts in accordance with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 86.134
(regarding coal exploration performance and design standards) particularly: sealing of drill holes; erosion and sediment control; road
development; regrading; topsoil handling; stabilization and vegetation; use of any facilities which are proposed for post exploration
uses; habitats of unique value for fish, wildlife, and related environmental values; stream encroachments; hydrologic balance; and
handling of acid forming material. If stream will be encroached or crossed, request authorization under General Permit or submit the
appropriate modules of the mine permit application.
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5600-FM-BMP0092
Rev. 10/2018
COAL EXPLORATION INSTRUCTIONS
Any person who intends to conduct coal exploration during which coal will not be removed except from boreholes or coreholes in the area
to be explored shall, prior to conducting the exploration, file with the Department a written notice of intention to explore for each exploration
area on this form.
Any person who intends to conduct coal exploration activities in which coal will be removed other than from boreholes or coreholes
(i.e. test pit/trench/excavation) shall obtain a Surface Mining Permit unless the Department grants a permit waiver to remove 250 tons or
less for the purpose of testing and analysis of coal properties.
The Department will grant waivers to excavate test
pits/trenches/excavations to obtain reasonable quantities of coal for necessary material testing. The coal exploration activities shall not
commence until either a permit or permit waiver is granted by the Department. Coal exploration activities must be conducted in
accordance with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 86, Subchapter E.
If an area is designated as unsuitable for mining, exploration shall not be conducted until written approval is first obtained from the
Department. Approval will not be granted unless the person seeking such approval has described the nature and extent of the exploration
and has described in detail the measures to be employed to insure that exploration does not interfere with any value for which the area
has been designated unsuitable for mining.
In the case of exploration by drilling methods, the exploration may proceed 10 days after the Notice of Intent to Explore form is filed with
the Department unless the area has been designated as unsuitable for mining.
If exploration will be by other than drilling methods, the Notice of Intent to Explore will be considered a request for a waiver from the
requirement to file a permit application. The exploration activities may not proceed until a written waiver is received from the Department.
No waiver will be granted until a Consent of Landowner form is received by the Department for all properties on which exploration activities
will occur. No waiver of permitting requirements will be granted for coal exploration activities proposing to remove more than 250 tons of
coal.
Coal removed under a Notice of Intent to Explore or Permit Waiver, must be used for testing and analysis of the coal properties.
If the Notice is considered confidential, attach a cover sheet entitled “CONFIDENTIAL“ and list the reason(s) why the notice should not
be public information. The Department will determine if the notice is confidential after reviewing the information submitted. Information
requested to be held as confidential will not be made available to the public until an opportunity to be heard is afforded to both persons
seeking and opposing disclosure of the information. This form has been developed to provide for completeness and uniformity in the
submission of information supporting the filing of a notice of intent to explore for coal or a request for a permit waiver for coal exploration.
The notice must be filed with the Department prior to conducting the exploration activities.
An original and one copy of the notice should be prepared and submitted to the appropriate District Office of the Department before
exploration begins. The notice should be filed at least 10 days before starting the operation for drilling and at least 30 days if a permit
waiver is needed. All information requested on the exploration form must be provided. Incomplete notices will be returned for additional
information. The time period for the intended exploration may not be renewed or extended. A new application must be submitted if the
period of exploration is to be extended. Notify the Mine Conservation Inspector prior to beginning exploration and after the exploration
has been completed.
The form is designed to cover all types of coal exploration activities during which 250 tons or less of coal are proposed to be removed for
testing purposes.
Please check with local utility companies before commencing exploration.
Mail this form and the attachments to the appropriate office identified below.
DISTRICT OFFICE
COUNTIES SERVED
DEP New Stanton District Office
Allegheny, Armstrong, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland
P.O. Box 133
New Stanton, PA 15672
Tel: 724-925-5500
DEP Knox District Office
Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer,
White Memorial Bldg.
Venango, and Warren
P.O. Box 669
Knox, PA 16232-0669
Tel: 814-797-1191
DEP Cambria District Office
Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata,
286 Industrial Park Road
Mifflin, Perry, and Somerset
Ebensburg, PA 15931-4119
Tel: 814-472-1900
DEP Moshannon District Office
Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and
186 Enterprise Drive
Union
Philipsburg, PA 16866
Tel: 814-342-8200
DEP Pottsville District Office
Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster,
5 West Laurel Blvd.
Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland,
Pottsville, PA 17901-2522
Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, and York
Tel: 570-621-3118
DEP California District Office
Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre,
25 Technology Drive
Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon,
California Technology Park
Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga,
Coal Center, PA 15423
Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland
Tel: 724-769-1100
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