|(a) Any person who intends to conduct coal exploration during which less than 250 tons of coal will be removed in the area to be explored shall, prior to conducting the exploration, file with the Commission a written notice of intention to explore. (b) The notice shall include: (1) the name, address, and telephone number of the person seeking to explore; (2) the name, address, and telephone number of the representative who will be present at and responsible for conducting the exploration activities; (3) a precise description and map, at a scale of 1:24,000 or larger, of the exploration area; (4) a statement of the period of intended exploration; (5) if the surface is owned by a person other than the person who intends to explore, a description of the basis upon which the person who will explore claims the right to enter such area for the purpose of
conducting exploration and reclamation; and (6) a description of the practices proposed to be followed to protect the environment from adverse impacts as a result of the exploration activities. (c) Any person who conducts coal exploration activities pursuant to this section which substantially disturb the natural land surface shall comply with §§12.325-12.328 of this title (relating to Permanent Program Performance Standards--Coal Exploration). (d) The Commission shall, except as otherwise provided in §12.115 of this title (relating to Public Availability of Information), place such notices on public file and make them available for public inspection and copying.