82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, Senate Bill 1295, Chapter 442 Page: 1 of 11
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S.B. No. 1295
1 AN ACT
2 relating to the mining and reclamation of certain land previously
3 affected by surface coal mining operations.
4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
5 SECTION 1i. Section 134.004, Natural Resources Code, is
6 amended by adding Subdivision (15-a) to read as follows:
7 (15-a) "Previously mined land" means land that:
8 (A) was affected by surface coal mining
9 operations occurring before August 3, 1977; and
10 (B) has not been reclaimed in accordance with
11 this chapter.
12 SECTION 2. Section 134.069, Natural Resources Code, is
13 amended by adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
14 (c) Notwithstanding Subsections (a) and (b), the commission
15 may not deny an applicant's permit application based on a previous
16 violation by the applicant that occurred in connection with a
17 surface coal mining operation conducted on previously mined land if
18 the violation resulted from an event or condition that was not
19 contemplated in the permit for the surface coal mining operation.
20 SECTION 3. Subsection (a), Section 134.092, Natural
21 Resources Code, is amended to read as follows:
22 (a) Performance standards for surface coal mining and
23 reclamation operations shall require an operator:
24 (1) to conduct surface coal mining operations to
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