Armstrong Coal again permits new waste area at Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Louisville, Ky., will be taking comment until June 2 on an application by Armstrong Coal for a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit on a coal refuse area to be located on unnamed tributaries of Williams Creek and Elk Creek, approximately 5 miles west of Centertown in Ohio County in western Kentucky.

Public comments were previously solicited for the Warden Waste Area project in September-October 2013. After being withdrawn by the applicant, the project is once again being proposed.

It would involve development of a 309.8-acre mixed coal refuse disposal site in support of existing coal mining operations. The operation is expected to last approximately 180 months. Mixed coal refuse material generated from Armstrong Dock Coal Preparation Plant would be placed at the site. Prior to placing this material, top soil and subsoil would be removed and stockpiled for use as cover material. Upon completion of disposal operations, the refuse material would be final graded and covered with a minimum 4 feet of material consisting of non-toxic, non-combustible material (soil and rock) and a minimum of half a foot of topsoil.

The March 26 annual Form 10-K report of Armstrong Coal parent Armstrong Energy said that the Armstrong Dock prep plant handles coal out of the East Fork and Equality Boot surface mines, and the Kronos Underground operation. The plant has a processing capacity of 1,200 tons/hour.

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