Alpha seeks permit change for higher coal throughput at Mammoth facility

The Jack’s Branch Coal unit of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) applied Jan. 15 at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for a permit change covering recent plant upgrades, along with a request to increase the allowed clean coal throughput from 3.2 million tons per year to 5.2 million tons per year.

This permitting covers the Mammoth prep plant located on the Kanawha River in Kanawha County, which takes in coal by converyor from a deep mine and through trucks of coal moving to the site from other mining operations. Coal is shipped from the site by truck, rail and barge. There is also a facility at the site that dries and sizes magnetite delivered via barge. The company is asking that synfuel be removed as an allowed material at the site.

The application noted that two refuse conveyors were installed at the site in May 2014 and another refuse conveyor was replaced in December 2014.

The permit application was prepared by consultant Potesta & Associates.

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