The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality plans a March 30 local hearing on an application by Dos Republicas Coal Partnership for a new water permit for its Eagle Pass Mine, a sub-bituminous coal strip operation located near the border with Mexico.
The company, said the commission in a Feb. 19 notice, has applied for a major amendment with renewal to a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permit: to add active mining acreage; add outfalls to discharge stormwater and mine seepage from active mining areas; add outfalls to discharge stormwater from post-mining areas; and add an outfall to discharge stormwater runoff from fueling areas, fuel storage areas, vehicle and equipment maintenance areas, truck washing stations, and coal handling and storage areas.
The TCEQ Executive Director has prepared a draft permit which, if approved, would establish the parameters and limitations within which the facility must operate.
The mine is located on the northeast side of State Highway 1588, three miles northeast of the intersection of State Highway 1588 and U.S. Highway 277, and approximately five miles northeast of the City of Eagle Pass in Maverick County, Texas.
The new mine is operated by a subsidiary of North American Coal called Camino Real Fuels LLC. U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows a production start for the mine in the second quarter of 2014, with 1,478 tons produced that quarter, and then no production for the rest of the year.