NR 132.06(2) (2) Any person wishing to engage in mining shall file an application in reproducible form and 25 copies thereof with the department upon forms prepared and furnished by the department. A mining permit application shall be submitted for each mining site. No application for surface mining will be entertained by the department if within the previous 5 years the applicant, or a different person who had received a prospecting permit for a site had certified under s. 293.35 (1), Stats., that he or she would not subsequently make application for a permit to conduct surface mining at the site. Copies of the application shall be distributed to the clerk of any county, city, village or town with zoning jurisdiction over the proposed site, to the clerk of any county, city, village or town within whose boundaries any portion of the proposed site will be located, and to the main public library of each county or municipality with zoning jurisdiction over the proposed site within whose boundaries any portion of the proposed site will be located.
NR 132.06(3) (3) The application shall be accompanied by the following:
NR 132.06(3)(a) (a) A fee of $10,000 to cover the estimated cost of evaluating the operator's mining permit application. Upon completion of its evaluation, the department shall adjust this fee to reflect the actual cost of evaluation less any fees paid for the same services to satisfy other requirements. Evaluation of a mining permit application shall be complete upon the issuance of an order to grant or deny a mining permit.
NR 132.06(3)(b) (b) A mining plan in accordance with s. NR 132.07.
NR 132.06(3)(c) (c) A reclamation plan in accordance with s. NR 132.08.
NR 132.06(3)(d) (d) A proposed monitoring and quality assurance plan consistent with the requirements of this chapter, ch. NR 182 and s. 1.11, Stats. The proposed monitoring plan shall be considered at the s. 293.43, Stats., hearing.
NR 132.06(3)(e) (e) A list of names and addresses of each owner of land within the mining site and each person known by the applicant to hold any option or lease on land within the mining site and all prospecting and mining permits in this state held by the applicant.
NR 132.06(3)(f) (f) Evidence satisfactory to the department that the applicant has applied for necessary approvals and permits under all applicable zoning ordinances and that the applicant has applied for all necessary approvals, licenses or permits required by the department.
NR 132.06(3)(g) (g) Information as to whether the applicant, its parent, its principal shareholders, subsidiaries or affiliates in which it owns more than a 40% interest, has forfeited any mining bonds in other states within the past 20 years, and the dates and locations, if any.
NR 132.06(3)(h) (h) Information relating to whether unsuitability may exist for surface mining to the extent not fully considered in s. 293.45, Stats.
NR 132.06(3)(i) (i) An itemized statement showing the estimation of the cost to the state of reclamation.
NR 132.06(3)(j) (j) Descriptions of land contiguous to the proposed mining site which the applicant owns, leases or has an option to purchase or lease.
NR 132.06(3)(k) (k) Other information or documentation that the department may require.
NR 132.06(5) (5) The burden of proof to establish compliance with the requirements of this chapter shall be on the operator.
NR 132.06(6) (6) The hearing procedure outlined in s. 293.43, Stats., shall govern all hearings on the operator's mining permit application.
NR 132.06 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1982, No. 320, eff. 9-1-82; correction in (4) (g) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register, September, 1995, No. 477; corrections in (2), (3) (d) and (g), (4) (e) and (6) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, January, 2000, No. 529; 2017 Wis. Act 134: r. (4) Register January 2018 No. 745, eff. 7-1-18.
NR 132.07 NR 132.07 Mining plan. The mining plan shall include the following:
NR 132.07(1) (1) A detailed map of the proposed mining site in accordance with s. 293.37 (2) (a), Stats.
NR 132.07(2) (2) Details of the nature, extent and final configuration of the proposed excavation and mining site including location and total production of tailings and other mining refuse, and nature and depth of overburden.
NR 132.07(3) (3) Details of the proposed operating procedures, which may be furnished by reference to documents submitted pursuant to ch. NR 182 including:
NR 132.07(3)(a) (a) Mining operation sequence.
NR 132.07(3)(b) (b) Handling of overburden materials.
NR 132.07(3)(c) (c) Tailings production, handling and final disposition.
NR 132.07(3)(d) (d) Ore processing including milling, concentrating, refining, etc.
NR 132.07(3)(e) (e) Storage, loading and transportation of final product.
NR 132.07(3)(f) (f) Ground and surface water management techniques including provisions for erosion prevention and drainage control and a detailed water management plan showing source, flow paths and rates, storage volumes and release points.
NR 132.07(3)(g) (g) Plans for collection, treatment and discharge of any water resulting from the operation.
NR 132.07(3)(h) (h) Plans for air quality protection pursuant to ch. 285, Stats.
NR 132.07(3)(i) (i) The applicant shall prepare a risk assessment of possible accidental health and environmental hazards potentially associated with the mine operation. Contingency measures with respect to these risks and hazards, and the assumptions in this assessment, shall be explicitly stated.
NR 132.07(3)(j) (j) Measures for notifying the public and responsible governmental agencies of potentially hazardous conditions including the movement or accumulation of toxic wastes in ground and surface water, soils and vegetation and other consequences of the operation of importance to public health, safety and welfare.
NR 132.07(3)(k) (k) Description of all surface facilities associated with the mining site.
NR 132.07(3)(L) (L) Description of all geological/geotechnical investigations and drilling programs.
NR 132.07(4) (4) Evidence satisfactory to the department that the proposed mining operation will be consistent with the reclamation plan and will comply with the following minimum standards:
NR 132.07(4)(a) (a) Grading and stabilization of excavation, sides and benches to conform with state and federal environmental and safety requirements and to prevent erosion and environmental pollution.
NR 132.07(4)(b) (b) Grading and stabilization of deposits of mining refuse in conformance with state and federal environmental and safety requirements and solid waste laws and regulations.
NR 132.07(4)(c) (c) Stabilization of merchantable by-products.
NR 132.07(4)(d) (d) Adequate diversion and drainage of water from the mining site to prevent erosion and contamination of surface and groundwaters.
NR 132.07(4)(e) (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. NR 812.20, the backfilling of excavations where such procedure will not interfere with the mining operation and will not:
NR 132.07(4)(e)1. 1. Cause an exceedance of any groundwater quality standard, including any drinking water standard, implemented under this chapter in accordance with the provisions of ch. NR 182, or
NR 132.07(4)(e)2. 2. Adversely affect public health or welfare.
NR 132.07(4)(f) (f) Handling and storage of all materials on the mining site in an environmentally sound manner as determined by the department. Materials not licensed pursuant to ch. NR 182 but deemed by the department to present a potential threat to the environment shall be subject to the waste characterization analysis procedures set forth in s. NR 182.08 (2) (b).
NR 132.07(4)(g) (g) Removal and stockpiling, or other measures to protect topsoils consistent with environmental considerations and reclamation, prior to mining unless the department determines that such action will be environmentally undesirable.
NR 132.07(4)(h) (h) Maintenance of adequate vegetative cover where feasible to prevent erosion.
NR 132.07(4)(i) (i) Impoundment of water where necessary in a safe and environmentally acceptable manner.
NR 132.07(4)(j) (j) Adequate planning of the site to achieve the aesthetic standards for the entire mine site described in ss. NR 132.17 and 132.18 (5).
NR 132.07(4)(k) (k) Identification and prevention of pollution as defined in s. 281.01 (10), Stats., resulting from leaching of waste materials, in accordance with state and federal solid waste laws and regulations.
NR 132.07(4)(L) (L) Identification and prevention of significant environmental pollution as defined in s. 293.01 (4), Stats.
NR 132.07(4)(m) (m) Maintenance of appropriate emergency procedures to minimize damage to public health, safety and welfare and the environment from events described under sub. (3) (i).
NR 132.07(5) (5) Submission of a plan for a preblasting survey, such survey being completed and submitted to the department prior to any blasting.
NR 132.07 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1982, No. 320, eff. 9-1-82; r. and recr. (4) (e), Register, December, 1986, No. 372, eff. 1-1-87; correction in (4) (e) (intro.) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, September, 1995, No. 477; corrections in (1), (3) (h), (4) (k) and (L) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, January, 2000, No. 529.
NR 132.08 NR 132.08 Reclamation plan. The reclamation plan for the mining site shall include the following:
NR 132.08(1) (1) Detailed information and maps on reclamation procedures including:
NR 132.08(1)(a) (a) Manner, location, sequence and anticipated duration of reclamation.
NR 132.08(1)(b) (b) Ongoing reclamation procedures during mining operations.
NR 132.08(1)(c) (c) Proposed interim and final topography and slope stabilization.
NR 132.08(1)(d) (d) Proposed final land use and relationship to surrounding land and land use.
NR 132.08(1)(e) (e) Plans for long-term maintenance of mining site including:
NR 132.08(1)(e)1. 1. Monitoring of wastes and ground and surface water quality.
NR 132.08(1)(e)2. 2. Names of persons legally and operationally responsible for long-term maintenance.
NR 132.08(1)(f) (f) Projected costs of reclamation including estimated cost to the state of fulfilling the reclamation plan.
NR 132.08(2) (2) Evidence satisfactory to the department that the proposed reclamation will conform with the following minimum standards:
NR 132.08(2)(a) (a) All toxic and hazardous wastes, refuse, tailings and other solid waste shall be disposed of in conformance with applicable state and federal statutes or regulations.
NR 132.08(2)(b) (b) All tunnels, shafts or other underground openings shall be sealed in a manner which will prevent seepage of water in amounts which may be expected to create a safety, health or environmental hazard, unless the applicant can demonstrate alternative uses which do not endanger public health and safety and which conform to applicable environmental protection and mine safety laws and rules.
NR 132.08(2)(c) (c) All underground and surface runoff waters from mining sites shall be managed, impounded or treated so as to prevent soil erosion to the extent practicable, flooding, damage to agricultural lands or livestock, damage to wild animals, pollution of ground or surface waters, damage to public health or threats to public safety.
NR 132.08(2)(d) (d) All surface structures constructed as a part of the mining activities shall be removed, unless they are converted to an acceptable alternate use.
NR 132.08(2)(e) (e) Adequate measures shall be taken to prevent significant surface subsidence, but if such subsidence does occur, the affected area shall be reclaimed.
NR 132.08(2)(f) (f) All topsoil from surface areas disturbed by the mining operation shall be removed and stored in an environmentally acceptable manner for use in reclamation.
NR 132.08(2)(g) (g) All disturbed surface areas shall be revegetated as soon as practicable after the disturbance to stabilize slopes and prevent air and water pollution, with the objective of reestablishing a variety of plants and animals indigenous to the area immediately prior to mining, unless such reestablishment is inconsistent with the provisions of s. 293.01 (23), Stats. Plant species not indigenous to the area may be used if necessary to provide rapid stabilization of slopes and prevention of erosion, if such species are acceptable to the department, but the ultimate goal of reestablishment of indigenous species shall be maintained.
NR 132.08(3) (3) If it is physically or economically impracticable or environmentally or socially undesirable for the reclamation process to return the affected area to its original state, the reasons therefor and a discussion of alternative conditions and uses to which the affected area can be put.
NR 132.08(4) (4) If the anticipated life and total area of the mineral deposit are of sufficient magnitude as determined by the department, a comprehensive long-term plan showing, in detail satisfactory to the department, the manner, location and estimated sequential timetable for reclamation of the entire area of contiguous land which will be affected by mining and which is owned, leased or under option for purchase or lease by the operator at the time of application. When a mineral deposit lies on or under the lands of more than one operator, the department shall require the operators to submit mutually consistent comprehensive plans.
NR 132.08 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1982, No. 320, eff. 9-1-82; correction in (2) (g) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, January, 2000, No. 529.
NR 132.085 NR 132.085 Irrevocable trust agreement.
NR 132.085(1) (1) This section applies to a nonferrous metallic mining permit application for which the permit has not been issued on February 1, 2000. Notwithstanding s. NR 132.19, no exemption may be granted to the provisions of this section.
NR 132.085(2) (2) An applicant for a mining permit, as part of the permit application, shall propose an irrevocable trust agreement or arrangement which shall include a description of the investment strategy and detailed information concerning the level of funding and proposed payment schedule necessary to comply with this section.
NR 132.085(3)(a)(a) The purpose of the trust fund shall be to assure adequate funds to undertake the preventive and remedial activities listed in sub. (4). The trust documentation shall designate the department as sole beneficiary. The trustee shall be a public entity, bank or other financial institution located within the state of Wisconsin which has the authority to act as a trustee, or in the case of a public entity has equivalent powers. The trust documentation shall specify the manner of payment into the fund and the trustee's powers to invest the trust corpus and income. The trustee shall exercise prudent investment strategies consistent with the purpose of the trust fund. All income shall accumulate in the account and be reinvested. No withdrawal may be made from the trust fund except as authorized in writing by the department.
NR 132.085(3)(b) (b) Following issuance of a certificate of completion of reclamation for the entire mining site or upon permit revocation, the trust corpus shall consist of cash, certificates of deposit, or U.S. government securities. A total of no more than $100,000 in cash and certificates of deposit may be placed in the trust account; U.S. government securities shall be used for amounts in excess of $100,000.
NR 132.085(4) (4) The trust fund shall be created and maintained in perpetuity with funds adequate for the following activities:
NR 132.085(4)(a) (a) Remedial action required as the result of spills of hazardous substances, as defined in s. 292.01 (5), Stats., at the mining site.
NR 132.085(4)(b) (b) Remedial action to mitigate any hazardous substances that escape from the mine workings into the surrounding environment after the mining operation has ceased.
NR 132.085(4)(c) (c) Remedial action required as the result of failure of a mining waste facility to contain the waste.
NR 132.085(4)(d) (d) Provision of a replacement water supply as required under s. 293.65 (4) (d), Stats.
NR 132.085(4)(e) (e) Preventive measures taken to avoid adverse environmental consequences, including measures such as replacement of components of waste disposal facilities. However, if the measures relate to closure or long-term care, financial responsibility for the associated costs shall be covered in accordance with ss. NR 182.16 and 182.17, respectively.
NR 132.085(5) (5) Funding of the trust fund shall be determined at the hearing conducted under s. 293.43, Stats., and shall be incorporated into the mining permit issued under s. 293.49, Stats., as follows:
NR 132.085(5)(a) (a) A schedule of payment into the trust fund, during mining operations, shall be established which takes into account a reasonable projection of exposure. Preventive or remedial measures which could be needed early in the mining operation shall be fully funded prior to the commencement of mining. Those preventive or remedial measures which could be needed only later in the operation, or after mining has ceased, may rely on income from the trust and periodic payments into the principal by the permittee.
NR 132.085(5)(b) (b) In establishing the level of funding, the department shall evaluate the likelihood of the need for preventive or remedial measures based on reasonable and conservative risk considerations. In addition to the risk considerations, the department shall evaluate the range of costs of the preventive and remedial measures that might be necessary in response to the risks. The level of funding shall be sufficient to cover the costs of all preventive and remedial measures needed to correct all reasonably possible occurrences. Costs for worst case preventive or remedial measures shall be used when the measures are shown to have a reasonable possibility of being necessary. Opportunity shall be provided at the hearing conducted under s. 293.43, Stats., for testimony that the worst case preventive or remedial measures have a reasonable possibility of being necessary.
NR 132.085(5)(c) (c) In determining costs associated with the preventive or remedial measures identified in sub. (4), consideration shall be given to the risk assessment submitted pursuant to s. NR 132.07 (3) (i), the contingency plan submitted pursuant to ch. NR 182, risks and impacts identified in the environmental impact statement and the measures reasonably anticipated necessary to address those risks and impacts.
NR 132.085(5)(d) (d) To the extent the trust fund relies on accrued income to pay for future preventive or remedial measures, the conservative projection of earnings above inflation shall be used.
NR 132.085(5)(e) (e) The funding of the trust fund for activities identified in sub. (4) shall consider the existence of other binding, guaranteed sources of funds from the permittee which address the same preventive and remedial measures and the financial ability of the permittee to comply with legal obligations for necessary remedial activities during the operation. It is the intent of this section that the trust fund not duplicate similar financial obligations under other applicable provisions of law or administrative codes.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.