(45 ILCS 50/1.2)
(from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4703)
As used in this compact, the term:
(a) "mining" means the breaking of the surface soil in order to facilitate or
accomplish the extraction or removal of minerals, ores, or other solid
matter, any activity or process constituting all or part of a process for the
extraction or removal of minerals, ores, and other solid matter from its
original location, and the preparation, washing, cleaning or other treatment
of minerals, ores, or other solid matter so as to make them suitable for
commercial, industrial, or construction use; but shall not include those
aspects of deep mining not having significant effect on the surface, and shall
not include excavation or grading when conducted solely in aid of on site
farming or construction.
(b) "State" means a State of the United States, the District of Columbia,
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Territory or Possession of the United States.
(Source: P.A. 79-231.)