In addition to the purposes authorized in section 1514.06 of the Revised Code, the chief of the division of mineral resources management may use moneys in the surface mining fund created under that section for the administration and enforcement of this chapter, for the reclamation of land affected by surface or in-stream mining under a permit issued under this chapter that the operator failed to reclaim and for which the performance bond filed by the operator is insufficient to complete the reclamation, and for the reclamation of land affected by surface or in-stream mining that was abandoned and left unreclaimed and for which no permit was issued or bond filed under this chapter. Also, the chief may use the portion of the surface mining fund that consists of moneys collected from the severance taxes levied under section 5749.02 of the Revised Code for mine safety and first aid training. For purposes of this section, the chief shall expend moneys in the fund in accordance with the procedures and requirements established in section 1514.06 of the Revised Code and may enter into contracts and perform work in accordance with that section.
Fees collected under sections 1514.02 and 1514.03 of the Revised Code, one-half of the moneys collected from the severance taxes levied under divisions (A)(3) and (4) of section 5749.02 of the Revised Code, and all of the moneys collected from the severance tax levied under division (A)(7) of section 5749.02 of the Revised Code shall be credited to the fund in accordance with those sections. Notwithstanding any section of the Revised Code relating to the distribution or crediting of fines for violations of the Revised Code, all fines imposed under section 1514.99 of the Revised Code shall be credited to the fund.
Effective Date: 03-15-2002; 04-06-2007