Mining and Mining Claims
Administration and enforcement of ORS 517
(1)May conduct or cause to be conducted investigations, research, experiments and demonstrations and may collect and disseminate information related to surface mining and the reclamation of surface-mined lands.
(2)May cooperate with other governmental and private agencies of this state or of other states and with agencies of the federal government, including the reimbursement for any services provided by such agencies to the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries at its request.
(3)May apply for, accept and expend public and private funds made available for the reclamation of lands affected by surface mining in accordance with the purposes of ORS 517.702 (Legislative findings) to 517.989 (Rules applicable to consolidated application).
(4)May, in accordance with the applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183, adopt rules to carry out the provisions of ORS 517.702 (Legislative findings) to 517.989 (Rules applicable to consolidated application).
(5)Shall establish by rule a program to encourage voluntary reclamation practices that exceed the normal reclamation standards to provide maximum enhancement and benefits from mined lands. The program shall include incentives and other actions that will encourage voluntary reclamation practices.
(6)May receive and manage abandoned mined land funds received for abandoned mined land reclamation from the federal government. [1971 c.719 §3; 1985 c.292 §11; 1989 c.461 §1; 1993 c.342 §2; 1995 c.509 §2; 2007 c.318 §10; 2013 c.371 §27]
Attorney General Opinions
Power of Department of Environmental Quality to regulate mining activities, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100