We are approving, on an interim basis, an amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). West Virginia revised its Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act (WVSCMRA) to effect changes concerning the special reclamation tax and apportionment of this tax. This amendment is intended to increase and extend the special reclamation tax. Moreover, a specific portion of this tax will be allocated to the Special Reclamation Water Trust Fund for the purpose of designing, constructing and maintaining water treatment systems on forfeited mine sites. We are approving the reinstatement of the special reclamation tax, its increase to twenty- seven and nine-tenths cents per ton of clean coal mined, as well fifteen cents of the amount collected allocated for deposit to the Special Reclamation Water Trust Fund.
Agency Contact: Mr. Roger W. Calhoun, Director, Charleston Field Office, Telephone: (304) 347-7158. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This rule is final.