Armstrong Coal seeks permit for new Kentucky refuse area

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking comment until Oct. 7 on an application from Armstrong Coal for a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit on a refuse disposal facility in Ohio County, Ky.

The project would be on unnamed tributaries of Williams Creek and Elk Creek located about 5 miles west of Centertown in Ohio County. It would involve development of a 309.8-acre mixed coal refuse disposal site in support of other existing coal mining operations. The operation is expected to last around 180 months.

“Mixed coal refuse material generated from Armstrong Dock Coal Preparation Plant would be placed at the site,” said a Corps notice. “Prior to placing this material, top soil and subsoil will be removed and stockpiled for use as cover material. Upon completion of disposal operations, the refuse material will be final graded and covered with am minimum 4’ of material consisting of non-toxic, non-combustible material (soil and rock) and a minimum of 0.5’ of topsoil. The site will be re-vegetated in accordance with Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) reclamation guidelines.”

The site design avoids the need to develop multiple alternative disposal sites required to provide the volume needed for disposal, the Corps added. The project footprint has been reduced to minimize impacts to adjacent, potential jurisdictional waters. Completely avoiding impacts to all streams and wetlands within the project boundary was determined not to be practical due to the volume of material proposed to be disposed and the dendritic pattern of the resources throughout the site.

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