Alpha’s Goals Coal unit pursues changes to Sundial prep plant

The Goals Coal unit of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR) is looking to modify the air permit for the Sundial prep plant in Raleigh County, W.Va., to account for some plant changes.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a March 26 public notice that in December 2011, Goals Coal applied to the department’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) for a permit to modify a wet wash coal preparation plant and screening facility located near Sundial in Raleigh County. A preliminary evaluation has determined that all state and federal air quality requirements will be met by the proposed facility. The DEP will take comment until April 23 on a proposed permit revision approval.

The modified facility’s total potential emissions from point sources will be: 194.82 tons per year (TPY) of particulate matter (PM), of which 92.78 TPY will be particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10). The modified facility’s total potential emissions from fugitives will be: 110.28 tons per year (TPY) of particulate matter (PM), of which 33.53 TPY will be particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10).

The Goals Coal operation, acquired by Alpha in June 2011 in a buy of Massey Energy, is within the company’s Coal River East business segment. “Coal River East produces coal from thirteen underground mines and one surface mine,” said Alpha’s Feb. 29 annual Form 10-K report. “These mines sell high Btu, low, medium, and high sulfur steam coal primarily to eastern utilities and metallurgical coal to steel companies. The coal produced by the underground mines is transported by truck and belt to Goals preparation plant, Elk Run preparation plant, or Marfork preparation plant. The coal produced by the surface mines is trucked to the Goals and Marfork preparation plants. At the preparation plant, the coal is cleaned, blended and loaded onto rail for shipment to customers. During 2011, Coal River East shipped 4.2 million tons.”

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