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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 27. Mining
- Chapter 19. Reclamation
- Section 100. Definitions.
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AS 27.19.100. Definitions.
In this chapter,
- (1) "lode mine" means a mining operation that removes the minerals from consolidated rock rather than from a placer
- (2) "materials" means sand, gravel, riprap, rock, limestone, slate, peat, and other substances from the ground that are
not locatable or leasable under state law;
- (3) "mined area"
- (A) means an active site of physical extraction, stockpiling, or the disposal of ore, overburden, tailings, or processed
materials, stream diversions, bypasses, and settling ponds;
- (B) does not include reclaimed areas approved by the commissioner;
- (4) "miner" means the owner, operator, or leaseholder of a mining operation;
- (5) "mining operation"
- (A) means each function, work, facility, and activity in connection with the development, extraction, and processing of
- (i) a locatable or leasable mineral deposit except oil, gas, or coal;
- (ii) other materials or of a sand and gravel deposit; and
- (iii) each use reasonably incident to the development, extraction, and processing of a locatable or leasable mineral deposit
- (B) includes the construction of facilities, roads, transmission lines, pipelines, and other support facilities;
- (6) "reclamation plan" means a plan submitted by a miner under regulations adopted by the commissioner for the reclamation
of a proposed mining operation;
- (7) "stable condition" means the rehabilitation, where feasible, of the physical environment of the site to a condition
that allows for the reestablishment of renewable resources on the site within a reasonable period of time by natural
- (8) "state land" includes
- (A) the land of the University of Alaska;
- (B) the land of state corporations;
- (9) "unnecessary and undue degradation"
- (A) means surface disturbance greater than would normally result when an activity is being accomplished by a prudent
operator in usual, customary, and proficient operations of similar character and considering site specific conditions;
- (B) includes the failure to initiate and complete reasonable reclamation under the reclamation standard of AS 27.19.020
or an approved reclamation plan under AS 27.19.030
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