Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 4.djvu/376

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106 STAT. 3112 PUBLIC LAW 102-486—OCT. 24, 1992 conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health on coal mine safety and health effects. SEC. 2513. ASSISTANCE TO SMALL COAL OPERATORS. (a) ASSISTANCE. —Section 507(c) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1257(c)) is amended to read as follows: "(c) ASSISTANCE TO SMALL COAL OPERATORS. — (1) If the re^fulatory authority finds that the probable total annual production at all locations of a coal surface mining operator will not exceed 300,000 tons, the cost of the following activities, which shall be performed by a qualified public or private laboratory or such other public or private qualified entity designated by the regulatory authority, shall be assumed by the regulatory authority upon the written request of the operator in connection with a permit application: "(A) The determination of probable hydrologic consequences required by subsection (b)(ll), including the engineering analy- ses and designs necessary for the determination. "(B) The development of cross-section maps and plans required by subsection (b)(14). "(C) llie geologic drilling and statement of results of test boring and core samplings required by subsection (b)(15). "(D) The collection of arcnaeological information required by subsection (b)(13) and any other archaeological and historical information reauired by the regulatory authority, and the preparation of plans necessitated thereby. "(E) Pre-blast surv^s required by section 515(b)(15XE). "(F) The collection of site-specific resoiu'ce information and production of protection and enhancement plans for fish and wildlife habitats and other environmental values required by the regulatory authority under this Act. "(2) The Secretary shall provide or assume the cost of tr£dning coal operators that meet the qualifications stated in paragraph (1) concerning the preparation of permit applications and compliance witii the regulatory program, and shall ensure that qualined coal operators are aware of the assistance available under this subsection.". (b) REIMBURSEMENT OF COSTS.—Section 507 of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1257) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection: "(h) REIMBURSEMENT OF COSTS. — A coal operator that has received assistance pursuant to subsection (c)(1) or (2) shall reimburse the regulatory authority for the cost of the services rendered if the program administrator finds that the operator's actual and attributed tuinual production of coal for all locations exceeds 300,000 tons during the 12 months immediately following the date on which the operator is issued the siuface coal mining and reclamation permit.". SEC. 2614. SURFACE MINING REGULATIONS. Section 710 of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1300) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: "(i) GRANTS.—The Secretary shall make grants to the Nav£go, Hopi, Northern Cheyenne, and Crow tribes to assist such tribes in developing regulations and programs for regulating surface coal