The planning division shall arrange for inspection of a surface mining operation within six months of receipt of the annual report required in Section 7.36.200 of this chapter, to determine whether the surface mining operation is in compliance with the approved use permit and/or reclamation plan, approved financial assurances, and state regulations. In no event shall less than one inspection be conducted in any calendar year, said inspections may be made by a state registered geologist, a state registered civil engineer, a state licensed landscape architect, or a state registered forester who is experienced in land reclamation and who has not been employed by the mining operation in any capacity during the previous twelve months, or other qualified specialists. All inspections shall be conducted using a form approved by the State Mining and Geology Board.
The planning division shall notify the DOC within thirty days of completion of the inspection that said inspection has been conducted, and shall forward a copy of said inspection notice and any supporting documentation to the mining operator. The operator shall be solely responsible for the reasonable cost of such inspection.
(Ord. 97-05 (part), 1997.)