The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be taking comment until Feb. 17 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application from River View Coal LLC to perform maintenance dredging around a barge-loading operation on the Ohio River.
The location is at Ohio River Mile 842.9-843.7, left descending bank, Union County, Kentucky. The permit would allow completion of maintenance dredging at the loading and fleeting facility, and also the installation of facilities for loading material and supplies for working tow operations.
The maintenance dredging portion of this project had been previously announced in September 2014. The applicant withdrew that application when it was determined that the application would be expanded to include the installation of a work barge. 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. Material would be removed with the use of a clamshell dredge and loaded onto a barge. It is expected that 103,915 cubic yards of dredged material would beremoved from the channel. The material would then be transported for final disposal/staging at an upland location at the Cross International LLC and M. Bowling Inc. facility located adjacent to Ohio River Mile 801.3. The material may be sold and/or reused from the Cross International site.
Said the Alliance Resource Partners LP (NASDAQ: ARLP) website about this 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.”
U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that the River View mine, one of the largest underground coal mines in the U.S., produced 7 million tons in the first three quarters of 2014 and 9.3 million tons in all of 2013.