Sun Energy Group permits coal handling operation in Indiana

The Indiana Office of Air Quality (OAQ) is taking comment until May 25 on a draft air permit approval for Sun Energy Group LLC, which applied on Feb. 25 relating to the construction and operation of a coal mine and coal preparation operation at the Hilsmeyer #1 site in Dubois County.

The new emission units covered under this permitting include:

  • One  truck unloading operation, identified as EU1, approved in 2015 for construction, with a maximum capacity of 120 tons per hour.
  • One Hopper, identified as EU2, approved in 2015 for construction, with a maximum capacity of 120 tons per hour, no control, and exhausting to atmosphere.
  • One Raw Coal Storage Area, identified as EU3, approved in 2015 for construction, with a maximum capacity of 120 tons per hour.
  • One Screen, identified as EU4, approved in 2015 for construction, with a maximum capacity of 350 tons per hour, no control, and exhausting to atmosphere.
  • One enclosed Rotary Breaker, identified as EU5, approved in 2015 for construction, with a maximum capacity of 350 tons per hour, no control, and exhausting to atmosphere.
  • One Air Table (Coal Separator), identified as EU7, approved in 2015 for construction, with a maximum capacity of 120 tons per hour, using a cyclone and baghouse as control, and exhausting to atmosphere.
  • One Clean Coal Storage Area, identified as EU11, approved in 2015 for construction, with a maximum capacity of 120 tons per hour.
  • One truck loading operation, identified as EU12, approved in 2015 for construction, with a maximum capacity of 120 tons per hour.

Sun Energy Group, controlled by Robert Childress and Loyd Cole, has two operations listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Hilsmeyer strip mine in Dubois County is counted by MSHA as active, with production of 43,879 tons in the first quarter of this year and 178,354 tons in all of 2014. MSHA lists the Hilsmeyer #2 strip mine in Pike County, Indiana, as temporarily idled, last turning out 661 tons of coal in the second quarter of 2014.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.