Issue 2 - Division of Mining and Reclamation Site-Specific Blast Plan Guidance
This compliance bulletin is intended to provide
guidance for permits where a site-specific blast
plan was not included in the original permit
In this case, a site-specific blast plan will be made
part of the permit via the submittal and approval of
an Insignificant Permit Revision (REV) application,
of the type “Blast Plan – Site Specific”, through the
Electronic Submission System (eSS).
Regulations related to site-specific blast plans are:
199 CSR1-3.6.f.1 states “An anticipated blast
design shall be submitted if blasting operations
will we conducted within:”
3.6.f.1.A “1,000 feet of any building used as a
dwelling, public building, school, church, or
community or institutional building outside the
permit area; or”
3.6.f.1.B “500 feet of an active or abandoned
3.6.f.2 "the blast design may be presented as part
of a permit application or at a time, before the
blast as approved by the Secretary.
3.6.f.3 “The blast design shall contain
sketches of the drill patterns, delay periods,
and decking and shall indicate the type and
amount of explosives to be used, critical
dimensions, and the location and general
description of structures, including
protected structures, to be protected, as
well as a discussion of design factors to be
used which protect the public and meet the
applicable airblast, flyrock, and ground
3.6.f.4 “The blast design shall be prepared
and signed by a WV DEP certified blaster.”
3.6.f.5 “The secretary may require changes
to the design submitted.”
Plans need to correlate and correspond with the latest approved blast map.
Please contact Jim Ratcliff at Jim.E.Ratcliff@wv.gov
with any questions.
Issue 3 - Passage of House Bill 3189: PFAS Protection Act
House Bill 3189, the PFAS Protection Act was signed into law on March 28, 2023. The new
law is designed to identify sources of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances
(PFAS substances) discharged into source waters used for public drinking water.
As part of this legislation, and to address sources of PFAS substances in public water
systems, facilities using PFAS chemicals are required to report their use to the DEP by
December 31, 2023.
Facilities required to report usage to the DEP are ones that discharge to a surface water
under a NPDES permit or that discharge to a Publicly Owned Treatment Works which
knowingly use or have used one or more of the PFAS chemicals in their production process
since January 1, 2017.
PFAS chemicals addressed in the legislation are “any PFAS chemicals found in any public
water system’s raw water source in the USGS study”. More details on reporting
requirements, the language of the law, and a list PFAS chemicals can be found on
subsequent pages of this compliance bulletin.
Please submit reports to Melissa Johnson at Melissa.K.Johnson@wv.gov
in the Division of Mining and Reclamation.
If you have any questions related to your need to report please contact Scot Mandirola,
Deputy Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection at