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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 27. Mining
- Chapter 21. Alaska Surface Coal Mining Control and Reclamation Act
- Section 170. Request and Release of Performance Bonds or Deposits.
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. Performance Bond; Exceptions.
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. Application Approval or Denial.
AS 27.21.170. Request and Release of Performance Bonds or Deposits.
- (a) A permittee may file a request with the commissioner for the release of all or part of the permittee's performance
bonds or deposit. The permittee shall give notice in the manner set out in AS 38.05.945(b) and (c) except as provided by regulations
adopted under this chapter.
- (b) Within 30 days after receipt of a request under (a) of this section or within a longer period required by field
conditions, the commissioner shall inspect and evaluate the reclamation work involved. In the evaluation, the
commissioner shall consider the degree of difficulty to complete the reclamation, whether pollution of surface or
subsurface water is occurring, the probability of continuance of the pollution, and the estimated cost of abating the
pollution. Within 60 days after receipt of the request, or if a hearing relating to the request is conducted under (g)
of this section, within 30 days after the hearing, whichever is later, the commissioner shall notify the permittee, in
writing, of the decision to release or not to release all or part of the performance bond or deposit.
- (c) The commissioner shall release all or part of the bond or deposit in accordance with the following schedule if the
commissioner is satisfied that the reclamation or part of the reclamation covered by the bond or deposit has been
accomplished as required by this chapter:
- (1) if the permittee completes the backfilling, regrading, and drainage control of all or part of a permit area according
to the reclamation plan, the commissioner shall release 60 percent of the bond or deposit covering the area;
- (2) if the permittee completes revegetation of all or part of the permit area according to the reclamation plan, the
commissioner shall release the balance of the bond or deposit covering the revegetated area except for an amount that
would be necessary to hire a third party to reestablish revegetation;
- (3) if the permittee successfully completes all of the surface coal mining and reclamation activities required by this
chapter and the terms of the permit, the commissioner shall release the remaining portion of the bond after expiration
of the period of time of the permittee's responsibility under the performance standards established by regulation under
; however, a bond or deposit may not be fully released until all reclamation requirements are fully met.
- (d) The commissioner may not release all or part of a bond or deposit under (c)(2) of this section if
- (1) the permit area or part of a permit area covered by the bond or deposit is in violation of the performance standards
established by regulation under AS 27.21.210
- (2) a silt dam is to be retained as a permanent water impoundment under the performance standards established by
regulation under AS 27.21.210 and the permittee has
not, in the determination of the commissioner, made adequate provisions for the sound future maintenance of the silt
- (e) If the commissioner disapproves a request filed under (a) of this section, the commissioner shall notify the permittee
of the decision in writing. The notice must include the reasons for the disapproval, a description of the actions
necessary to secure the release, and notification of the permittee's right to a hearing under (g) of this section.
- (f) If a request is filed with the commissioner under (a) of this section, the commissioner shall notify the appropriate
municipality, if any, at least 30 days before the release of all or part of the bond or deposit.
- (g) A person with a valid legal interest that might be adversely affected by release of a bond or deposit under this
section or a federal, state, or municipal agency that has jurisdiction over an environmental, social, or economic
impact involved in the permittee's operation or that has authority to develop and enforce environmental standards with
respect to the permittee's operation, may, within 30 days after the last publication of notice required by (a) of this
section, file written objections to the request with the commissioner and may request a hearing. A permittee whose
request for release of all or part of a bond or deposit is disapproved may request a hearing within 30 days after
receipt of written notification of the disapproval under (e) of this section. If a hearing is requested, the
commissioner shall inform the interested parties of the time and place of the hearing and shall hold the hearing within
30 days after the request for the hearing. The commissioner shall publish the date, time, and location of the hearing
in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality for two consecutive weeks. The commissioner shall conduct the
public hearing and any appeal according to the AS 44.62
(Administrative Procedure Act) except as provided by regulations adopted under this chapter.
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