No person shall carry out a mining operation for metallic minerals in this state without first obtaining a permit to mine from the commissioner. Where two or more persons are or will be engaged in a mining operation, all such persons shall join in the application and the permit to mine shall be issued on a joint basis. Where a person is or will be engaged in only a portion of the operation, that person need only be a joint permittee in the portion in which that person is participating.
A person conducting a mining operation on August 25, 1980, who applied for a permit to mine within 180 days, after August 25, 1980, may continue to conduct such operation during the pendency of the application.
Applications shall include, pursuant to part 6130.4300: documents, organizational data, environmental setting maps, environmental setting analysis, mining and reclamation maps, mining and reclamation plan, and operating plan covering the current or immediate upcoming planning period.
If the life of the mine will be five years or less, the application and deactivation plan may be combined, pursuant to part 6130.4600.
After receiving a permit to mine, the permittee shall provide the commissioner with the following, pursuant to parts 6130.4400 to 6130.4700: operating plans for succeeding years of operation, annual reports, a deactivation plan, and a request for release.
When the submittal dates for annual reports and operating plans correspond, they may be combined into one document.
MS s 93.47
June 11, 2008