In promulgating the rules and regulations pursuant to § 45.1-161.254, the Chief shall consider:
1. Standards utilized and generally recognized by the surface coal mining industry;
2. Standards established by recognized professional coal mining organizations and groups;
4. Research, demonstrations, experiments and such other information that is available regarding the maintenance of the highest degree of safety protection, including the latest available scientific data in the field, the technical feasibility of the standards, and the experience gained under this Act and other mine safety laws; and
5. Such other criteria as shall be necessary for the protection of the safety and health of miners and other persons or property likely to be affected by surface coal mines or related operations.
Code 1950, §§ 45-8, 45-84; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, § 45.1-104; 1972, c. 784; 1974, c. 323; 1975, c. 520; 1978, c. 120; 1982, c. 118; 1990, c. 963; 1994, c. 28.