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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 10-784


Proposed General Permit for Bluestone (5 acres or Less) Mining; Proposed General Permit BMR-GP-105

[40 Pa.B. 2357]
[Saturday, May 1, 2010]

 In compliance with the provisions of section 26(b) of the Noncoal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (52 P. S. § 3326(b)); section 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § 510-20) and §§ 77.801—77.807 (25 Pa. Code Chapter 77) Noncoal Regulations, the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) by this notice proposes to issue a general permit for bluestone (5 acres or less) mining (BMR-GP-105).

 This general permit is proposed for use by eligible persons for the extraction of noncoal minerals, specifically bluestone and other fine grained sandstone predominantly found in the northeast and northern tier counties of Pennsylvania on a mining area that is 5 acres or less. The area to be affected by bluestone extraction under this general permit must be 5 acres or less. Including support area, the size of the general permit must not exceed 10 acres. The maximum highwall height allowed under this general permit is 100 feet.

 Comments concerning the general permit should be directed to James Charowsky, Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8461, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461, (717) 787-5015 or at Comments received by facsimile will not be accepted Public comments must be received by the Department by June 29, 2010.

 Persons interested in obtaining more information or a paper copy of the proposed General Permit BMR-GP-105 should contact of the Bureau of Mining and Reclamation at (717) 787-5015. TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984. The General Permit BMR-GP-105 document is also accessible on the Department's web site at (''Public Participate''; then ''Public Participate Center''; then ''Proposals Currently Open for Comment'').

 The Department will provide public notice upon finalization of General Permit BMR-GP-105.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-784. Filed for public inspection April 30, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

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