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4VAC25-130-842.12. Citizens' requests for inspections.

(a) A person may request an inspection under 4VAC25-130-842.11(a), by furnishing to an authorized representative of the Director a signed, written statement (or an oral report followed by a signed, written statement) giving the authorized representative reason to believe that a violation, condition or practice referred to in 4VAC25-130-842.11(a) exists and setting forth a phone number and address where the person can be contacted.

(b) The identity of any person supplying information to the division relating to a possible violation or imminent danger or harm shall remain confidential with the division, if requested by that person, unless that person elects to accompany the inspector on the inspection, or unless disclosure is required under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 21 ( 2.1-340 et seq.) of Title 2.1 of the Code of Virginia).

(c) If an inspection is conducted as a result of information provided to the division by a person as described in Paragraph (a) of this section, the person shall be notified as far in advance as practicable when the inspection is to occur and shall be allowed to accompany the authorized representative of the Director during the inspection. It shall be the responsibility of the person to provide any or all safety equipment needed to accompany the division's inspector during the mine site inspection. Such person has a right of entry to, upon and through the coal exploration or surface coal mining and reclamation operation about which he supplied information, but only if he is in the presence of and is under the control, direction, and supervision of the authorized representative while on the mine property. Such right of entry does not include a right to enter buildings without consent of the person in control of the building or without a search warrant.

(d) Within 10 days of the inspection or, if there is no inspection, within 15 days of receipt of the person's written statement, the division shall send the person the following:

(1) If an inspection was made, a description of the enforcement action taken, which may consist of copies of the inspection report and all notices of violation and cessation orders issued as a result of the inspection, or an explanation of why no enforcement action was taken;

(2) If no inspection was conducted, an explanation of the reason why; and

(3) An explanation of the person's right, if any, to informal review of the action or inaction of the division under 4VAC25-130-842.15.

(e) The division shall give copies of all materials in Paragraphs (d)(1) and (d)(2) of this section within the time limits specified in those Paragraphs to the person alleged to be in violation, except that the name of the person supplying information shall be removed unless disclosure of the person's identity is permitted under Paragraph (b) of this section.

Statutory Authority

45.1-161.3 and 45.1-230 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 842.12, eff. December 15, 1981; amended, eff. June 28, 1982; October 28, 1982; December 14, 1982; October 11, 1983; December 27, 1983; May 8, 1984; June 22, 1984; August 2, 1984; October 16, 1985; January 7, 1987; July 22, 1987; November 25, 1987; October 12, 1988; December 26, 1990; July 1, 1991; July 17, 1991; November 20, 1991; July 7, 1992; May 5, 1993; October 19, 1994.

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