2020 Hard Rock Rulemaking

The Minerals Program is proposing to initiate the process to conduct formal rulemaking to revise the Mineral Rules and Regulations of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board for Hard Rock, Metal, and Designated Mining Operations.  The proposed rulemaking is pursuant to CRS 34-32-108 of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Act to address the requirements of HB19-1113 for perpetual water treatment, certain annual water quality reporting and the elimination of self-bonding.  Additionally, the Division will be redrafting Rules and Regulations related to temporary cessation (TC) to address inconsistencies and ambiguities and create a clearer administrative process for regulation of TC.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Russ Means (russ.means@state.co.us - 303-866-3567 x 8150).

Anticipated Timeline

  • Deadline for General Comments on Scoping -  March 6, 2020
  • Draft Rules and Statement of Basis and Purpose Documents Released - April 24, 2020
    • due to current circumstances the draft rules are anticipated to be released in mid- to late May
  • Stakeholder Meetings - June/July 2020
    • Denver - June 26, 2020 -  1:30 pm
      • 1313 Sherman Street, Room 318
      • Denver CO 80203 
    • Nucla - July 16, 2020 - Time TBD
      • Location TBD
    • Audio will be streamed live where connections allow.
  • MLRB Rulemaking Hearing - September 29, 2020

Please note that dates are tentative and will be updated throughout the rulemaking process