Corps seeks comment on ICG Hazard mine project in eastern Kentucky

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Louisville, Ky., will be taking public comment until April 17 on an application by the ICG Hazard LLC unit of Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI) for a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit on a mine project on stream segments located approximately 4.5 miles southwest of Decoy and 5 miles west of Elmrock in Breathitt and Knott counties, Kentucky.

The proposed project would result in discharges of fill and/or dredged material into “waters of the United States” on a site approved under Kentucky Division of Mine Permits (KDMP) No. 860-0542 & 860-0543. The proposed mining operation would utilize surface area mining to extract the Hazard (HZ) 7, HZ 8, HZ 9, HZ 10 AND HZ 11 coal seams within a 1,631-acre mine area.  The applicant proposes to construct two permanent hollow fills (HF 2 and 11) and two sediment control structures (Pond 2 and 11) and fill/reclaim jurisdictional waters.

The proposed fills would permanently impact 4,444 linear feet of perennial streams, 4,694 linear feet of intermittent streams and 1,003 linear feet of ephemeral streams. The proposed sediment ponds would impact 1,858 linear feet of perennial streams and 301 linear feet of intermittent streams. The proposed fill/reclaim areas would impact 8,599 linear feet of intermittent streams and 12,279 linear feet of ephemeral streams. In total, the project would impact 33,178 linear feet of streams.

ICG Hazard is one of the operations that Arch Coal bought in a 2011 takeover of International Coal Group.

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