Describes possible accidental or emergency discharges or other unplanned events and identifies the corresponding corrective action or alternative action to be implemented should the criteria for action be exceeded.
Specifies the action to be taken if an analysis of groundwater samples requires a response.
A list of the groundwater and surface water quality parameters for which the applicant will monitor under s. 295.643
and a description of the methods for groundwater and surface water sample collection, preservation, and analysis that will be used.
(7) Required demonstrations.
Through the mining waste site feasibility study and plan of operation, the applicant shall demonstrate that all of the following apply or will apply with respect to the operation of the mining waste site, excluding the area from which ferrous minerals will be extracted and that is backfilled with mining waste:
No mining waste will be deposited in such a way that the mining waste or leachate from the mining waste will result in a violation of any applicable surface water quality criteria or standards, applicable wetland water quality standards, or applicable groundwater quality standards.
Surface water drainage will be diverted away from and off the active fill area.
Access to the mining waste site will be restricted through the use of fencing, natural barriers, or other methods approved by the department.
The entire perimeter of the mining waste site will be made accessible for inspection and for earth moving equipment required for emergency maintenance.
Any area to be used for the disposal of mining waste and any borrow areas will first be stripped of all topsoil to ensure that adequate amounts are available for reclamation and closure activities.
Effective means will be taken to control dust resulting from the mining waste site.
Provisions will be made for back-up equipment in the event of the breakdown of critical operating equipment.
The design and operation specifications for mining waste site facilities include contingency measures, which may include emergency power supplies, redundant equipment, or temporary holding facilities, to deal with emergency conditions.
Any mining waste site designed with a liner or situated in soils with sufficiently low permeability to either partially or completely contain leachate is designed with a leachate management system that can effectively remove leachate, prevent surface seepage, and promote adequate settlement to permit final reclamation.
All surface water drainage ditches, culverts, and other drainage control structures are designed for a rainfall event measured in terms of the depth of the rainfall occurring within a 24-hour period and having an expected recurrence interval of once in 100 years.
The final slopes of the completed mining waste site will be no greater than 50 percent, unless the mining waste site is specifically designed for a final use compatible with other slopes.
The final cover design for the mining waste site is based on the results of the mining waste characterization and engineering needs identified in studying the mining waste site feasibility.
Provisions are made for collection and treatment of leachate for all areas designed to contain leachate.
The mining waste site is located and designed, and will be constructed and operated, so that any liner system or naturally occurring soil barrier is compatible with all mining waste that is disposed of or stored in the mining waste site.
For any dam, sufficient freeboard, measured from the inside of the top of the dam, to contain a rainfall event measured in terms of the depth of the rainfall occurring within a 24-hour period and having an expected recurrence interval of once in 100 years and to prevent overtopping by waves during such a rainfall event or a minimum of 2 feet of freeboard, whichever is greater, will be provided.
Drainage or filter bed material has been selected and designed to promote drainage, reduce the potential for piping, and be stable under leaching conditions.
Material used in earth embankments or drainage or filter beds will be free of vegetation, organic soils, frozen soils, and other extraneous matter that could affect the compactibility, density, permeability, or shear strength of the finished embankment.
Embankment materials and drainage or filter bed materials will be compacted to 90 percent of the maximum dry density as determined by the standard proctor compaction test, ASTM D698, or to a greater density as necessitated by the embankment height, and the materials will be compacted in appropriate layers as determined through the slope stability analysis, except that compaction and crushing of waste rock for use outside an earth core is not required.
Emergency spill containment areas will be provided near the tailings pipeline in case of power or pipeline failure.
Tailings pipelines will be self-draining to the tailings area or to an emergency spill containment area.
The mining waste site is located in the same watershed as the surface facilities for the mining unless it is not practicable to locate the mining waste site in the same watershed as the surface facilities for the mining, as determined on a site specific basis.
The disposal of the mining waste will minimize the discharge of environmental pollutants to groundwater to the extent practicable.
Tailings pipelines are as short as practicable.
Upstream rainfall catchment areas are minimized.
The outside of the top of any dam is higher than the inside of the top of the dam so that runoff from the top is forced to the inside of the dam.
The mining waste site design includes staged reclamation, if practicable.
(8) Limitation on regulation of certain mining waste.
The department may not regulate the use of mining waste in reclamation or in the construction of any facility or structure on a mining site except through the department's review of the mining plan and reclamation plan and the approval of the application for the mining permit.
(9) Applicability of other laws.
and VIII of ch. 289
and rules promulgated under those subchapters do not apply to a mining waste site, to the disposal of mining waste in a mining waste site, or to mining wastes used in the reclamation or construction of facilities and structures on the mining site.
History: 2013 a. 1
Environmental impact statement. 295.53(1)(1)
The department may enter into contracts for environmental consultant services under s. 23.41
to assist in the preparation of an environmental impact statement or to provide assistance to applicants.
After the department receives an application for a mining permit, it shall notify the public and affected agencies that an environmental impact statement will be prepared for the proposed mine and that the process of identifying major issues under s. NR 150.30 (1) (f)
, Wis. Adm. Code, is beginning.
An applicant shall prepare an environmental impact report for the mining project. In the environmental impact report, the applicant shall provide a description of the proposed mining project, the present environmental conditions in the area and the anticipated environmental impacts of the proposed mining project, the present socioeconomic conditions in the area and the anticipated socioeconomic impacts of the proposed mining project, details of any wetlands mitigation program under s. 295.60 (8)
, any measures for navigable waters under s. 295.605 (4)
, any proposed changes to the forest designations specified in sub. (4) (c)
, and the alternatives to the proposed mining project. As the applicant provides more information or makes modifications to the proposed mining project, the department may revise the requirements it specified under s. 295.465 (1) (b)
to ensure the potential environmental effects can be identified in the department's environmental impact statement.
The department shall assist the applicant in meeting the deadlines for ultimate submission and review of any scientific analyses consistent with this subchapter. If a particular scientific analysis is not completed as of the date the environmental impact report is required to be submitted, the applicant shall identify in the environmental impact report the scope of the analysis and anticipated date that it will be submitted.
The applicant shall submit the environmental impact report with the application for the mining permit.
Upon receipt of the environmental impact report, the department shall review the environmental impact report and, if the department finds that the environmental impact report does not contain information reasonably necessary for the department to evaluate the proposed mining project and its environmental effects, the department may request additional information from the applicant.
The department shall accept original data from an environmental impact report for use in the environmental impact statement and need not verify all original data provided by the applicant to accept the data as accurate. The department shall use original data from an environmental impact report in the environmental impact statement if the data contains the information identified under s. 295.465 (1) (b)
and any of the following conditions is met:
The department, its consultant, or a cooperating state or federal agency collects sufficient data to perform a limited statistical comparison with data from the environmental impact report that demonstrates that the data sets are statistically similar within a reasonable confidence limit.
An expert who is employed by, or is a consultant to, the department or is employed by, or is a consultant to, a cooperating state or federal agency determines that the data is within the range of expected results.
The department, its consultant or a cooperating state or federal agency determines that the methodology used in the environmental impact report is scientifically and technically adequate for the tests being performed.
(4) Procedure for environmental impact statement. 295.53(4)(a)(a)
The department shall prepare an environmental impact statement for every application for a mining permit. In preparing the environmental impact statement, the department shall comply with s. 1.11 (2)
and s. NR 150.30 (2)
, Wis. Adm. Code.
The department shall include in the environmental impact statement a description of the significant long-term and short-term impacts, including impacts after the mining has ended, on all of the following:
The department and other state agencies shall address the application for a mining permit, for any approval, and for any action relating to the mining project involving other state agencies in one comprehensive analysis in the environmental impact statement prepared by the department, including any environmental analysis required by the department with regard to any of the following:
The withdrawal of land entered as county forest land under s. 28.11
and any modification of, or amendment to, a county forest land use plan necessitated by the withdrawal of the land.
The withdrawal of land designated as managed forest land under subch. VI of ch. 77
and any modification of, or amendment to, a managed forest land management plan necessitated by the withdrawal of the land.
The transfer of land for which amounts were awarded by the department, including under s. 23.09 (17m)
, 28.11 (5r)
, or 77.895
, to fund the acquisition of, or to fund activities conducted on, forest land and any modification of, or amendment to, a forest stewardship management plan or other plan necessitated by the transfer of the land.
The public notice, informational hearing, and comment provisions in s. 295.57
, the provision concerning the effective date of approvals in s. 295.58 (6)
, and the provisions for review in s. 295.77 (1)
apply to an environmental impact statement prepared under this subsection. If the department revises and redistributes an environmental impact statement or portion of an environmental impact statement prepared under this subsection, the department shall distribute the environmental impact statement or portion of the environmental impact statement as provided in s. 295.57
, but the period for public comment is 30 days, rather than 45 days.
The department shall conduct its environmental review process jointly with any federal or local agency that consents to a joint environmental review process. The department may adopt any environmental analysis prepared by another state agency or by a federal or local agency. The department may enter into a written agreement with any of those agencies that have a major responsibility related to or that are significantly affected by the proposed mining. In the written agreement, the parties shall define the responsibility of each agency in the development of a single environmental impact statement on the proposed mining and outline the procedures to be used in the regulatory process. The department shall be the lead agency for any environmental review process involving other state agencies. To the extent that any federal or local agency's environmental review process conflicts with the provisions of this section or s. 295.57
, the department shall follow the provisions of this section and s. 295.57
and may only coordinate its environmental review to the extent consistent with the provisions of this section and s. 295.57
. The department shall comment on any federal agency's environmental assessment or environmental impact statement associated with a mining project in accordance with s. NR 150.40
, Wis. Adm. Code.
(5) Relationship to other laws.
This section and s. 295.57
govern the department's obligations under ss. 1.11
with respect to a mining project. Sections 23.11 (5)
and ss. NR 2.085
, and 2.157
, Wis. Adm. Code, do not apply with respect to a mining project. The rest of ch. NR 2
, Wis. Adm. Code, only applies with respect to a mining project to the extent that it does not conflict with this section and s. 295.57
. Sections NR 150.30 (1) (g)
, Wis. Adm. Code, do not apply with respect to a mining project. The rest of ch. NR 150
, Wis. Adm. Code, only applies with respect to a mining project to the extent that it does not conflict with this section and s. 295.57
History: 2013 a. 1
; 2013 a. 168
; 2015 a. 195
The department may grant an exemption, as provided in this section, from any of the requirements of this subchapter applicable to any of the following:
A mining permit application, including the mining plan, reclamation plan, and mining waste site feasibility study and plan of operation.
An applicant shall submit a request for an exemption in writing and shall describe the grounds for the exemption and provide documentation identifying the conditions requiring the exemption, the reasons for the exemption, and the reasonableness of the exemption.
An applicant may obtain an exemption only if the applicant submits the request no later than the 180th day after the application for the mining permit is administratively complete under s. 295.57 (2)
, unless the condition that is the basis for the requested exemption is not known to the applicant before that day, in which case the deadline is extended to the 20th day before the deadline under s. 295.57 (7) (a)
The department shall issue a decision on a request for an exemption no later than the 15th day after the day on which it received the request under par. (a)
. Subject to par. (b)
and except as provided in par. (d)
, the department shall grant the exemption if it is consistent with the purposes of this subchapter and will not violate any applicable environmental law outside of this subchapter and if both of the following apply:
The exemption will not result in significant adverse environmental impacts on the mining site or, if the exemption will result in significant adverse environmental impacts on the mining site, the applicant will offset those impacts through a mitigation program, as provided in s. 295.60 (8)
, through the measures provided in s. 295.605
, or through the conservation measures provided in s. 295.61
The exemption will not result in significant adverse environmental impacts off of the mining site.
The department shall deny a request for an exemption if granting the exemption would violate federal law.
If federal law imposes a standard for an exemption that differs from the standard in par. (c)
and that cannot be modified by state law, and if that standard has been approved by the federal government for use by the state through a delegation agreement, federally approved state implementation plan, or other program approval, then the department shall determine whether to grant the request for the exemption using the federal standard.
History: 2013 a. 1
Application procedure. 295.57(1)(a)(a)
An applicant shall submit the application for a mining permit as provided in s. 295.47
The department shall protect as confidential any information, other than effluent data, contained in an application for a mining permit, upon a showing that the information is entitled to protection as a trade secret, as defined in s. 134.90 (1) (c)
, and any information relating to production or sales figures or to processes or production unique to the applicant or that would tend to adversely affect the competitive position of the applicant if made public.
(2) Determination of administrative completeness. 295.57(2)(a)(a)
The department shall review an application for a mining permit and, within 30 days after the application is submitted, shall determine either that the application is complete or that additional information is needed. If the department determines that the application is complete, the department shall notify the applicant in writing of that fact within the 30-day period and the date on which the department sends the notice is the day on which the application is administratively complete.
If the department determines under par. (a)
that an application is incomplete, the department shall notify the applicant in writing and may make one request for additional information during the 30-day period specified in par. (a)
. Within 10 days after receiving additional requested information from the applicant, the department shall notify the applicant in writing as to whether it has received all of the requested information. The day on which the department sends the 2nd notice under this paragraph is the day on which the application is administratively complete.
If the department fails to meet the 30-day time limit under par. (a)
or the 10-day time limit under par. (b)
, the application is administratively complete on the last day of the 30-day time limit or 10-day time limit.
The department may request additional information needed to process a mining application from the applicant after the application is administratively complete, but the department may not delay the determination of administrative completeness based on a request for additional information.