Pennsylvania agency issues permits for new coal mines

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently issued coal mining and companion NPDES water permits to Amerikohl Mining, RJC Kohl Inc. and Laurel Sand & Stone, the agency said in brief notices in the April 21 Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Amerikohl Mining, one of the largest strip mine operators in Pennsylvania, got permits for a bituminous surface mine in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County, affecting 102.4 acres. Receiving streams are unnamed tributaries to/and Ferrier Run. The application was received in February 2011 and the permits were issued on March 28.

Amerikohl Mining, controlled by John Stilley, has a number of strip mines in Pennsylvania listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

RJC Kohl out of Nicktown, Pa., got permits for a bituminous surface mine in Susquehanna, Elder and West Carroll townships, Cambria County, affecting 98.5 acres. Receiving streams are unnamed tributaries to Fox Run. The application was received in September 2010 and the permits were issued on March 28.

The MSHA database shows RJC Kohl as controlled by Joseph Cunningham and James Cramer, with the company having only one operation currently registered with that agency. The Solomon Run strip job in Cambria County was first listed with MSHA in February 2011 and had production of 10,161 tons in the last two quarters of 2011.

Laurel Sand & Stone of Ligonier, Pa., got permits for a bituminous surface and auger mine in Jackson Township, Cambria County, affecting 225.1 acres. Receiving streams are unnamed tributaries to/and South Branch Blacklick Creek and unnamed tributaries to/and Bracken Run. The application included a stream encroachment to upgrade an existing access road within the barrier of unnamed tributary ”B” to Bracken Run. The application also included a request for a Section 401 Water Quality Certification. The application was received in May 2011 and the permits were issued on March 30.

Laurel Sand & Stone, controlled by James Cooper, has one coal strip job listed with MSHA. That mine, which has the same name as the company, is located in Cambria County and turned out 29,314 tons in 2011 and 60,946 tons in 2010.

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