A. On and after July 1, 1974, new water or silt retaining dams, or a mine refuse pile, or the modification of existing mine water or silt or mine refuse retaining dams shall be designed and constructed by, or under the direction of, a qualified engineer, if such retaining dam:
1. Is designed to impound water or silt to a height of five feet or more above the lowest natural ground level within the impounded area; and
3. Is designed to impound water or silt to a height of twenty feet or more, regardless of storage volume.
B. Water and silt retaining dam or mine refuse piles, designs, construction specifications, and other related data, including final abandonment plans, shall be approved and certified by the qualified engineer specified in subsection A of this section, and by the licensed operator or his agent.
C. The designs, construction specifications, and other related data approved and certified in accordance with subsection B of this section shall be submitted for approval to the Director. If the submittal is approved by the Director, he shall notify the licensed operator in writing. If he disapproves, he shall notify the licensed operator with his written objections thereto and his required amendments. But in no event shall the Director fail to approve or disapprove the submittal within thirty days following the receipt thereof.
1997, c. 390; 1998, c. 695.