Knight Hawk Coal permits new portal at Illinois mine

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency went out on July 21 for comment on Clean Water Act permitting by Knight Hawk Coal related to a new portal for a deep mine in Perry County, Ill.

Knight Hawk Coal, part owned by Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI) and coal operator Jim Bunn, is doing the permitting for the Prairie Eagle deep mine and its American Eagle Portal. “The Applicant is applying for a new NPDES permit for the development and operation of the proposed American Eagle Portal,” said an agency notice. “Underground room-and-pillar mining would be used to extract coal which would then be stockpiled on site and transported to the nearby Prairie Eagle Mine preparation plant for processing. The proposed permit area contains 28.5 surface acres and a shadow area of 5,215 Acres.”

The company told the Illinois EPA that the staffing of this operation would be approximately 160 direct employees with an annual payroll of $24.96m, plus staffing of approximately 160 indirect employees with an annual payroll of $15.36m.

U.S. Mine safety and Health Administration data shows that the Prairie Eagle deep mine produced 767,867 tons of coal in the first quarter of this year and 2.3 million tons in all of 2013.

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