Mining and Mining Claims

ORS 517.832
Emergency operating permit

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Notwithstanding ORS 517.810 (Requirement for bond or security) and 517.830 (Operating permit approval process), the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries may issue an emergency operating permit if:


A natural disaster, including but not limited to a flood or an earthquake, or the effects of a natural disaster threaten significant damage to property or to natural resources; and


A surface mining operation is necessary to abate the threat.


The governing board of the department shall adopt rules governing the issuance of emergency operating permits. The rules shall include provisions:


Ensuring that emergency operating permits are not issued over the objection of affected federal agencies or public bodies, as defined in ORS 174.109 (“Public body” defined);


Specifying the terms of an emergency operating permit;


Establishing procedures for converting an emergency operating permit to a standard operating permit; and


Establishing procedures for payment of fees under ORS 517.800 (Fees). [2005 c.34 §3]


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May 30, 2023