Patriot unit seeks changes for coal handling facility in southern West Virginia

Rivers Edge Mining Inc. applied Feb. 13 at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for air permit changes for the Jarrells Branch Coal Handling Facility, in part so that the company name can be revised to an LLC.

“This update involves the removal of stockpile (OS1) and the CC11 Underground Mine Belt,” the application said. “Further, the Rivers Edge Mine is no longer operating, therefore it has been eliminated from the process as well as associated transfer points T5 and T6. Since the Rivers Edge Mine is no longer operating, conveyor belt, BC3, and transfer point, T3, have been relocated. Transfer point T4 only feeds the Black Stallion Overland Belt which is covered under another permit.

“Further, it is requested to change the company name from Rivers Edge Mining, Inc. to Rivers Edge Mining LLC. Rivers Edge Mining, Inc. was converted to Rivers Edge Mining LLC as part of Patriot Coal Corporation’s restructuring plan upon emergence from bankruptcy on December 18, 2013.

“The raw coal from the CC10 underground mine is transferred to conveyor belt, BC1, via transfer point, T1. Conveyor belt, BC1, transfers the coal to conveyor belt, BC3, via transfer point, T2. Conveyor belt, BC3, transfers the raw coal to stockpile, OS2, via transfer point, T3. Stockpile, OS2, may be reclaimed by an underground feeder, which transfers material to conveyor belt, BC4, via transfer point, T7. Conveyor, BC4, transfers raw coal directly to conveyor belt, BC2, via transfer point T8. Stockpile, OS2, may be reclaimed by endloader to truck via transfer point, T9. Trucks transport raw coal off site on unpaved haulroad, UPR-R1. Conveyor, BC2, transfers raw coal to the Black Stallion Overland Belt via transfer point, T4. The Black Stallion Overland Belt is covered under another permit.”

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration database shows the Rivers Edge deep mine as abandoned, with its last production in 2011.

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