Jarvis Coal LLC is seeking at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit on the JC #2 strip mine project to be located on unnamed tributaries to Campground Branch and White Oak Creek as well as associated wetlands and open waters located immediately east of Clay City in Clay County, Ind.
The proposed project would result in the discharge of fill and/or dredged material into “waters of the U.S.” on a majority of a 591.1-acre site, the Corps said in a public notice. The agency’s Louisville, Ky., regional office will be taking public comment on the application until Nov. 15. The site is pending approval by the state mine permit agency under Permit No. S-370.
The proposed project would fill 4.03 acres of palustrine forested (PFO) wetlands, 3142 linear feet of ephemeral streams, 13,505 linear feet of intermittent streams, and 1.6 acres of open waters, the Corps said. All economically recoverable coal would be removed during the excavation of the area, processed and sold. Approximately 99.4 acres (16.8% of the mine permit area) has been mined previously, after a 1977 mining law required reclamation of all future mine sites.
The applicant’s preferred alternative has taken into consideration various mining methods to maximize the opportunities for avoidance and minimization measures, the Corps noted. The preferred alternative has resulted in the avoidance of 563 linear feet of ephemeral streams, 3346 linear feet of intermittent streams, 0.04 acres of palustrine emergent (PEM) wetlands, and 3.5 acres of open waters.
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration shows Jarvis Coal, controlled by Dennis Lee Jarvis, with two listed coal mines, both in Indiana. The “nonproducing” JC #3 strip mine in Clay County last produced coal in the first quarter of 2010, when it turned out 25,100 tons, MSHA data shows. The “active” Hilsmeyer #2 strip mine in Pike County began production in the third quarter of 2011, produced 64,047 tons during the rest of that year, and 131,412 tons in the first half of this year.