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PUBLIC LAW 95-000—MMMM. DD, 1977

PUBLIC LAW 95-87—AUG. 3, 1977

91 STAT. 479

comply with each of the requirements set out in section 515; (6) the consideration which has been given to maximize the utilization and conservation of the solid fuel resource beingrecovered so that reaffecting the land in the future can be minimized; (7) a detailed estimated timetable for the accomplishment of each major step in the reclamation plan; (8) the consideration which has been given to making the surface mining and reclamation operations consistent with surface owner plans, and applicable State and local land use plans and programs; (9) the steps to be taken to comply with applicable air and water quality laws and regulations and any applicable health and safety standards; (10) the consideration which has been given to developing the reclamation plan in a manner consistent with local physical environmental, and climatological conditions; (11) all lands, interests in lands, or options on such interests held by the applicant or pending bids on interests in lands by the applicant, which lands are contiguous to the area to be covered by the permit; (12) the results of test boring which the applicant has made at the area to be covered by the permit, or other equivalent information and data in a form satisfactory to the regulatory authority, including the location of subsurface water, and an analysis of the chemical properties including acid forming properties of the mineral and overburden: Provided, That information which Confidential pertains only to the analysis of the chemical and physical proper- information. ties of the coal (excepting information regarding such mineral or elemental contents which is potentially toxic in the environment) shall be kept confidential and not made a matter of public record; (13) a detailed description of the measures to be taken during the mining and reclamation process to assure the protection of: (A) the quality of surface and ground water systems, both on- and off-site, from adverse effects of the mining and reclamation process; (B) the rights of present users to such water; and (C) the quantity of surface and ground water systems, both on- and off-site, from adverse effects of the mining and reclamation process or to provide alternative sources of water where such protection of quantity cannot be assured; (14) such other requirements as the regulatory authority shall prescribe by regulations. (b) Any information required by this section which is not on public Confidential file pursuant to State law shall be held in confidence by the regulatory information, authority. PERFORMANCE BONDS

SEC. 509. (a) After a surface coal mining and reclamation permit 30 USC 1259. application has been approved but before such a permit is issued, the applicant shall file with the regulatory authority, on a form prescribed and furnished by the regulatory authority, a bond for performance payable, as appropriate, to the United States or to the State, and conditional upon faithful performance of all the requirements of this Act and the permit. The bond shall cover that area of land within the permit area upon which the operator will initiate and conduct surface coal mining and reclamation operations within the initial