The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection intends to issue an air Plan Approval to coal operator J. Clifford Forrest’s Rosebud Mining to authorize the construction and temporary operation of a prep plant at the Blairsville Coal Preparation Plant located in Burrell Township, Indiana County.
“The proposed coal preparation plant is a wet processing facility with the majority of processing taking place within an enclosed building,” said the DEP in a notice in the Aug. 3 Pennsylvania Bulletin. “The wet cleaning process includes a heavy media cyclone, teeter bed separator, and froth flotation.”
The facility’s main emissions sources and controls include a pit conveyor, clean coal conveyor, radial stackers, double deck screen, stoker screen, run of mine (ROM) stockpile, stoker product stockpile, ROM crusher, oversize and clean coal stockpiles, front-end loader, and truck loadout.
There is a 30-day public comment period from the Aug. 3 notice and a public hearing may be held if the DEP sees it as warranted based on any information received.
The Blairsville plant is not listed, at least under that name, with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration or on the Rosebud Mining website.