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Ashland County Metallic Mineral Mining and Reclamation Ordinance

Ashland County Metallic Mineral Mining and Reclamation Ordinance

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03.08.13 DRAFT
ASHLAND COUNTY
METALLIC MINERAL MINING AND RECLAMATION
ORDINANCE
03.08.13 DRAFT
ASHLAND COUNTY
METALLIC MINERAL MINING AND RECLAMATION
ORDINANCE

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ASHLAND COUNTYMETALLIC MINERAL MINING AND RECLAMATIONORDINANCE
Special Use Permit Required.1.Metallic Mineral Prospecting and Mining shall be permitted in Ashland County only asa special use and only if a permit is applied for and obtained pursuant to therequirements of this Ordinance.2.Permits issued pursuant to this Ordinance may be in addition to any other State, Federalor Local Permits, licenses or approvals necessary for any mine construction or anyaspect of the mining operation.3.Any permit issued pursuant to this Ordinance may be in addition to any local agreemententered into by the County and the Applicant.Purpose. The general purpose of this Ordinance is to regulate the location, construction, installation,alteration, design, operation and reclamation of any metallic mining operation within, to protect thehealth, safety and welfare of the residents, ensuring appropriate use of the land and water resources andto provide for the environmentally sound reclamation on land disturbed by mining activities.Statutory Authority. This Chapter is adopted under authority of the powers set forth in section 59.01,59.03, 59.04, 59.51, 59.54, 59.57, 59.69, 59.70 and 92.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes.Assumption. In ordaining this chapter, Ashland County assumes that the State mining regulations ineffect on the effective date of this Ordinance including, without limitation, Chapter 293 of theWisconsin State Statutes and Chapter NR132 and NR182 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, willapply to any metallic mining in Ashland County and will be enforced by the State of Wisconsin.Interpretation. In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this Chapter shall be held to beminimum requirements and shall be liberally construed in the favor of the County and shall not bedeemed a limitation or repeal of any power granted by the Wisconsin Statutes where any terms or requirements of this Chapter may be inconsistent or conflicting. The more restrictive requirements or interpretation shall apply. Where a provision of this Chapter is required by Wisconsin Statutes or by astandard of the Wisconsin Administrative Code and where the provision is unclear, the provision shall be interpreted to be consistent with the Wisconsin Statutes or Wisconsin Administrative Code.Severability. Should any portion of this Chapter be declared unconstitutional or invalid by a Court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this Chapter shall not be affected.Applicability. The requirements of this Chapter apply to the use and proposed use of land for the purpose of metallic mineral mining in Ashland County regardless of when such use is commenced.Effective Date. The provisions of this Chapter shall take effect on _____________.Definitions.Standards. (1.) Prohibited Areas. No component of any metallic mineral mine may be constructed,operated or maintained within any of the following areas unless an exemption is obtained from theWDNR or the local jurisdiction.(a) An area identified as unsuitable as per Section 293.01(28), Wis. Stat.(b) An area identified as unsuitable as per Sec. NR 132.03(25), Wis. Admin. Code
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(c) Any area listed in the location criteria in Sec. NR 132.18, Wis. Admin. Code(d) Within 1,500' of any navigable lake, pond or flowage(e) Within 500' of a navigable river or stream(f) Within a floodplain (g) Within 500' of the nearest edge of the right-of-way of any of the following: a State trunk highway, an interstate or federal highway or a County highway. Additionally, any mine relatedstructure or tailings pond must be rendered inconspicuous, regardless of the season, by means of screening to consist of plantings compatible with the surrounding environment or earth berm.(h) Within 3,000' of the boundary of any village or city.(i) Within 3,000' of any hospital, church, school, public park or cemetery.(j) Within 1,500' of any public or private well(k) Within 1,500' of any residence or farm buildingIn addition, the applicant agrees to at least a _________ foot buffer along the applicant's property line where no mining activity will take place.(2)The applicant agrees to construct, operate, and maintain the metallic mining projectwithin the standards of County, State and Federal Government including, withoutlimitation, the following:County Ordinances:Ashland County Shoreland Amendatory OrdinanceAshland County Floodplain OrdinanceStatutes:Wis. Stat. § 30: Navigable waters, harbors and navigationWis. Stat. § 31: Regulation of dams and bridges affecting navigable water Wis. Stat. § 59.01: Body corporate; statusWis. Stat. § 59.03: Home ruleWis. Stat. § 59.04: Construction of powersWis. Stat. § 59.51: Board powersWis. Stat. § 59.54: Public protection and safetyWis. Stat. § 59.57: Economic and industrial developmentWis. Stat. § 59.69: Planning and zoning authorityWis. Stat. § 59.70: Environmental protection and land useWis. Stat. § 92.11: Regulation of local soil and water resource management practicesWis. Stat. § 280: Pure drinking water Wis. Stat. § 281: Water and sewageWis. Stat. § 283: Pollution discharge eliminationWis. Stat. § 285: Air pollutionWis. Stat. § 291: Hazardous waste managementWis. Stat. § 293: Metallic miningWis. Stat. § 293.01: DefinitionsWis. Stat. § 293.37: Application for mining permitWis. Stat. § 293.41: Local agreementsWis. Stat. § 293.65: Withdrawal of surface waters; withdrawal of groundwater; damage claimsWis. Stat. § 985: Publication of legal notices; public newspapers; fees
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Administrative Code:Wis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 102: Water quality standards for Wisconsin surface watersWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 103: Water quality standards for wetlandsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 104: Uses and designated standards and secondary valuesWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 105: Surface water quality criteria for toxic substancesWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 132: Metallic mineral miningWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 132.03: DefinitionsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 132.05: Notification of intent to collect dataWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 132.07: Mining planWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 132.08: Reclamation planWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 132.17: Minimum design and operation requirementsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 132.18: Location criteria and environmental standardsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 135: Nonmetallic mining reclamationWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 140: Groundwater qualityWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 142: Wisconsin water management and conservationWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 150: Environmental analysis and review procedures for departmentactionsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 151: Runoff managementWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 182: Metallic mining wasteWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 200: Application for discharge permitsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 207: Water quality antidegradationWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 216: Storm water discharge permitsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 269: Stone, gravel and sand segment of mineral mining and processingWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 270: Ore mining and dressingWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 300: Time limits and fees for waterway and wetland permitdecisionsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 400: Air pollution control definitionsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 500: General solid waste management requirementsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 528: Management of accumulated sediment from storm water management structuresWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 538: Beneficial use of industrial byproductsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 660: Hazardous waste management: generalWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 662: Hazardous waste generator standardsWis. Admin. Code Ch. NR 820: Groundwater quality protectionPermit Requirements.1(a). Financial Assurances – The Applicant shall provide financial assurances, adequate inkindsand amounts to the County's satisfaction, of the applicant's ability to undertake and complete the proposed mining operation in accordance with this Ordinance including, without limitation, the abilityof the applicant to address all environmental impacts and adverse economic impacts arising from the proposed mining operation. 1(b). The Applicant and the County, before a permit is granted, will discuss and agree upon theneed and amount of any Fund deposits necessary to offset all impacts attributed to the mining operationincluding but not limited to, a performance bond, well replacement fund, road damage compensationfund and a land value compensation fund.1(c). The Applicant agrees it is their financial responsibility to provide for itself adequate or upgraded utilities, roads, drainage, traffic plans and public utilities.2(a). Well Monitoring – For a period of at least one year, prior to the commencement of construction of any mine, during the period of operating any mine, and for twenty five (25) years after completion of the mine reclamation, the Applicant shall monitor on a continuous basis all private and public wells located within two (2) miles of the perimeter of the mining site and any other wells thatthe hydrologic study recommends should be monitored, to provide baseline data concerning quantityand quality of water adequate for all purposes, including but not limited to, determining validity of any
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