The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Louisville, Ky., will be taking comment until Oct. 27 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act application from River View Coal LLC for dredging for its barge fleeting operation.
The site is at Ohio River Mile 842.9-843.7, left descending bank, at River View Coal’s mining operation in western Kentucky.
“The applicant is proposing to dredge the area around and near the fleeting facility to a bed elevation of 325’ above mean sea level and a maximum of 175’ riverward from the breasting line,” said a Corps notice. “Material would be removed with the use of a clamshell dredge and loaded onto a barge. It expected that 103,915 cubic yards of dredged material would be removed from the channel.”
Fleeting is where barges are basically stored as they are staged for loading and unloading.
Said the Alliance Resource Partners website about the mining operation: “River View Coal, LLC operates the River View mine, which is an underground continuous mining complex located near Morganfield in Union County, Kentucky. Production began at River View in 2009 utilizing continuous-mining units employing room-and-pillar mining techniques and today River View is the largest mine of its type in the nation. River View’s preparation plant has a throughput capacity of 1,800 tons of raw coal per hour.”