The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Louisville, Ky., will be taking public comment until April 19 on an application by Four Rivers Terminal LLC and Southern Coal Handling for a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit for a proposed coal handling site in McCracken County. Ky.
“The proposed project incorporates construction of a rail loop and spur from existing rail lines located immediately to the east of the project location,” said a Corps public notice. “This rail loop will facilitate the loading of coal from railcar via conveyor and barge docking system. The proposal includes filling of a portion of streams and wetlands to facilitate the construction of the rail loop.” This proposed project would impact 13.25 acres of wetlands and 1,674 linear feet of streams.
The proposal includes the construction of a river loading facility on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River near mile 943. The applicant also proposes two fleeting areas located immediately upstream and downstream of the proposed loading facility.
“The project site was identified and located due to the proximity to existing rail service immediately west and river service to the north,” the notice said. “The proposed rail loop is located to maximize rail to barge coal transfer while avoiding known cultural and natural resources to the highest extent possible. Furthermore, existing fleeting within immediate local vicinity of this proposed project, of which is presently permitted and operational, may also be utilized as a component of this project in order to avoid disturbances of river sediments by dredging.”
“Four Rivers Terminal is SCH Service’s most anticipated offering to date,” said the SCH Services LLC website. “At the confluence of four major rivers and with direct access to multiple railroads, Four Rivers Terminal will offer logistical solution that are unmatched by any other facility. Four Rivers Terminal is expected to capitalize on transportation advantages by operating primarily as a direct transfer facility, facilitating rapid transfer of inbound rail coal via unit trains to barges for transfer along the four major rivers accessed from the site.”
The website said this facility is projected for throughput of 10 million tons per year, with hourly throughput of 4,000 tons. There would be a 150-car unit train loop track, with access to the Paducah and Louisville, BNSF Railway, Canadian National, Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation railroads. This facility would access the Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Cumberland and Tenn-Tom waterways.