There is hereby created in the state treasury the coal mining administration and reclamation reserve fund. The fund shall be used for the administration and enforcement of this chapter. The chief of the division of mineral resources management may transfer not more than one million dollars annually from the fund to the reclamation forfeiture fund created in section 1513.18 of the Revised Code to complete reclamation of lands affected by coal mining under a permit issued under this chapter that the operator failed to reclaim and for which the operator's performance security is insufficient to complete the reclamation. Within ten days before or after the beginning of each calendar quarter, the chief may certify to the director of budget and management the amount of money needed to perform such reclamation during the quarter for transfer from the coal mining administration and reclamation reserve fund to the reclamation forfeiture fund.
If the director of natural resources determines it to be necessary, the director may request the controlling board to transfer an amount of money from the coal mining administration and reclamation reserve fund to the unreclaimed lands fund created in section 1513.30 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 06-14-2000; 04-06-2007 .