Illinois coal producer Capital Resources drops permitting for large strip mine

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said in Feb. 17 notices that it has received letters from coal producer Capital Resources Development Co. LLC withdrawing the pending applications for the North Canton Mine for an NPDES water permit and for a water quality certification under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.

Hearings in these two matters were held in 2011. “Since these applications have been withdrawn, no further actions will occur on the applications and responsiveness summaries will not be prepared in either of these two proceedings,” said the agency, without saying why the company might have dropped this permitting. “Any future applications for this site would be considered new applications by the Illinois EPA and would be subject to the review and public notice requirements of applicable federal and state regulations.”

Said a July 2011 EPA notice about the NPDES permitting: “An application for an NPDES permit for storm related discharges of wastewater from a 1,084.5 acre mine site has been received. … The surface mine will extract the coal resources of the site. According to information given in the antidegradation assessment document cited above, opening a new mine will provide jobs for approximately 50 local residents with an annual payroll of approximately $4.0 million. … No coal preparation plant facilities or coal related refuse disposal is proposed or approved for this facility. Coal will be temporarily stockpiled, shipped directly to consumer, or transported to off-site coal preparation plant facility.”

The North Canton project was first listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration in 2006 under Capital Resources, with a transfer in 2007 to North Canton LLC. MSHA classifies it as a new mine with no production yet. U.S. Office of Surface Mining data shows North Canton LLC as a subsidiary of Capital Resources and that Brian Veldhuizen is the CEO of Capital Resources.

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