(A) If a permittee becomes insolvent, or an alternative financial security to provide long-term water treatment or a long-term alternative water supply, or both, is not provided in accordance with division (F)(8) of section 1513.16 of the Revised Code, the division of mineral resources management shall have a priority lien in front of all other interested creditors against the assets of that permittee for the amount of any reclamation that is required as a result of the permittee's mining activities. The chief of the division of mineral resources management shall file a statement in the office of the county recorder of each county in which the mined land lies of the estimated cost to reclaim the land and, if applicable, the cost to provide long-term water treatment or a long-term alternative water supply, or both. The estimated cost to reclaim the land and, if applicable, the cost to provide long-term water treatment or a long-term alternative water supply, or both, shall include the direct and indirect costs of the development, design, construction, management, and administration of the reclamation and, if applicable, the long-term water treatment or long-term alternative water supply. The statement shall constitute a lien on the assets of the permittee as of the date of the filing. The lien shall continue in force so long as any portion of the lien remains unpaid or until the chief issues a certificate of release of the lien. If the chief issues a certificate of release of the lien, the chief shall file the certificate of release in the office of each applicable county recorder.
(B) The chief promptly shall issue a certificate of release of a lien under any of the following circumstances:
(1) Upon the repayment in full of the money that is necessary to complete the reclamation, develop and implement mine drainage plans, or provide alternative financial security for water treatment or to provide and maintain an alternative water supply, as applicable;
(2) Upon the transfer of an existing permit that includes the areas of the operation for which reclamation of land and water resources was not completed to a different applicant;
(3) Any other circumstance that the chief determines to be in the best interests of the state.
(C) The chief may modify the amount of a lien under this section. If the chief modifies a lien, the chief shall file a statement in the office of the county recorder of each applicable county of the new amount of the lien.
(D) The chief may authorize an agent to hold a certificate of release in escrow for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty days for the purpose of facilitating the transfer of unreclaimed mine land.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.36, HB 163, §1, eff. 9/30/2011.
Effective Date: 04-06-2007