& TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
OF THE MINING AND RECLAMATION ADVISORY BOARD
DECEMBER 12, 1996
Members Present: Fred Wolf, Chairman, Tony Ercole, Jack Chamberlin, John Ford, and Walter Heine.
Also present were: Alan Tamm from Gannett Fleming; Duane Feagley from the PA Anthracite Council; Nina Huizinga from the DEP Policy Office; Joe Pizarchik from the DEP Chief Counsels Office; Rod Fletcher, Evan Shuster, and Nevin Strock from the BMR; Rod Kelley from the Office of Mineral Resources Management.
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am.
The committee was given the task of discussing the Proposed Regulation on Water Supply Protection/Replacement Regulation, Chapters 87 and 88.
Evan Shuster gave a brief summary of the proposed regulation:
BMR staff proposed to incorporate the provisions of the SMCRA amendments and the guidelines established through years of case law into these regulations.
The committee decided to recommend three changes to the full board:
Some discussion was held regarding Revegetation. The proposed regulation would provide for a vegetative cover after the mining has been completed, as long as the cover is adequate to prevent erosion and achieve the postmining land use.
This package has already been sent to Deputy Secretary Dolence. It will be sent to the Office of Policy and Communication by December 17, 1996, and will be seen by the EQB in February.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 AM.