Article 1 Administration 27-901 – 27-905
Article 2 General Regulatory Provisions 27-921 – 27-935
Article 3 Exploration Operations Reclamation Plan 27-951 – 27-955
Article 4 Mining Unit Reclamation Plan 27-971 – 27-976
Article 5 Financial Assurance 27-991 – 27-997
Article 6 Enforcement 27-1021 – 27-1026

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 27 > Chapter 5

  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Custodian: means a person, other than a parent or legal guardian, who stands in loco parentis to the child or a person to whom legal custody of the child has been given by order of the juvenile court. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Delinquent act: means an act by a juvenile that if committed by an adult would be a criminal offense or a petty offense, a violation of any law of this state, or of another state if the act occurred in that state, or a law of the United States, or a violation of any law that can only be violated by a minor and that has been designated as a delinquent offense, or any ordinance of a city, county or political subdivision of this state defining crime. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Director: means the director of the department. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Division: means the division of mined land reclamation in the office of the state mine inspector. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Existing exploration operation: means an exploration operation that is ongoing as of July 1, 1996. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Existing mining unit: means a mining unit, other than a new mining unit, that continued operations after January 1, 1986. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Exploration operations: means activities that create surface disturbances outside a mining facility and that are conducted to determine the presence, location, extent, depth or grade of minerals, including constructing access roads and drill pads. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Inactive mining unit: means a mining unit that has not been operated after January 1, 1986 and for which there is a current identifiable owner or operator other than the federal or state government. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Inspector: means the state mine inspector. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • juvenile: means an individual who is under the age of eighteen years. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Juvenile court: means the juvenile division of the superior court when exercising its jurisdiction over children in any proceeding relating to delinquency, dependency or incorrigibility. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • juvenile intensive probation: means a program which is established pursuant to this article of highly structured and closely supervised juvenile probation and which emphasizes surveillance, treatment, work, education and home detention. See Arizona Laws 8-351
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Maintenance: means an activity to preserve or repair the function of previously disturbed land, including grading roads, repairing berms or dams and dredging sedimentation basins. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Mineral: means any metalliferous material extracted from the earth, including gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, zinc and lead and other materials that are used as feedstocks in producing metalliferous materials. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Mining facility: means property that is owned, operated or managed by the same person to develop, mine, concentrate or leach minerals and associated mineral recovery activities but does not include smelting, refining, fabricating or other metal processing facilities and materials associated with those facilities. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Mining unit: means an individual portion of a mining facility that encompasses one or more surface disturbances. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • New exploration operation: means an exploration operation that begins after the effective date of the initial rules adopted pursuant to this chapter. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • New mining unit: means a mining unit at which surface disturbances begin after the effective date of the initial rules adopted pursuant to this chapter. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Probation officers: Screen applicants for pretrial release and monitor convicted offenders released under court supervision.
  • Reclamation: means measures that are taken on surface disturbances at exploration operations and mining units to achieve stability and safety consistent with post-mining land use objectives specified in the reclamation plan. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Soil: means topsoil, suitable substrata or other plant growth media that will sustain vegetation. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Stability: means the condition of land with respect to its erosion potential and ability to withstand seismic activity. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Surface disturbance: means clearing, covering or moving land by means of mechanized earth-moving equipment for mineral exploration, development and production purposes but does not include surveying, assessment and location work, seismic work, maintenance and other such activities that create a de minimis disturbance. See Arizona Laws 27-901
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.