Alliance permits new refuse area at Sebree mine in western Kentucky

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be taking comment until Feb. 27 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act application from Sebree Mining LLC related to the Sebree South underground mine in western Kentucky.

The covered activity would be on unnamed tributaries and an associated wetland of Deer Creek, adjacent to Kentucky 370 and Pennyrile Parkway, south of Sebree in Webster County, Kentucky. The company, a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners LP, wants to relocate wetlands and streams to facilitate the construction of a coal refuse disposal site. 

“The proposed project would result in discharges of fill and/or dredged material into “waters of the United States” on a majority of a 220.8-acre site,” said a Corps notice. “The site is approved by Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA)-Kentucky Division of Mine Permits (KDMP) No. 917-9007 Am 2. The disposal site would support an existing underground coal mine operation (KDMP Permit #917-9006). Under this proposal, the applicant is proposing the following: 1. to fill 2,170 linear feet of intermittent streams; and, 2. to fill 0.194 acres of a palustrine forested (PFO) wetland. Once fill and disposal operations are completed, the area would be covered with soil material, vegetated, and returned to an approved post-mine land use through the SMCRA process.”

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