OSM and DEP will implement new guidance to determine whether mine proposals meet the approximate original contour reclamation, or AOC, rule. No specific dates for this were announced.
OSM will give DEP more specific instructions about what types of post-mining land use development plans are required for operators to receive AOC variances and flatten land. This is due by July 12.
DEP will write new requirements for companies to show that there is a market and need for post-mining land uses they propose. These requirements will be distributed by May 28.
DEP will draw up a new mining permit application that will require more extensive information from companies concerning AOC variances and other issues. This task should be completed by May 21.
DEP will review all existing permits to make sure that they comply with the new post-mining land use and AOC variance guidelines provided by OSM. This will be done within three months of the state receiving the new guidance.
"We are proceeding with diligence on all the issues and intend to keep those dates," Klein said Tuesday.
DEP officials have completed one of the tasks outlined in the report. The agency's computer system has been revised to include information about AOC variances and mining types.
"The resolution of these issues is WVDEP's top priority," said DEP Director Michael Miano.
The OSM report is available on the Internet at www.osmre.gov/mtindex.htm.