The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Louisville, Ky., is taking comment until May 6 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application from Vigo Coal Co. Inc.
The covered project is on Fordice Creek and its unnamed tributaries and adjacent wetlands in Wabash County, Illinois. The plan is to fill wetlands and streams to conduct surface coal mining operations.
The proposed project would result in the discharge of fill and/or dredged material into “waters of the United States” for a surface coal mining operation throughout a 734-acre site. The site is pending approval by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Office of Mines and Mineral (OMM), under Permit No. 443. This is called the Friendsville Mine Phase II project.
The proposed project would fill 16,660 linear feet of ephemeral streams, 7,473 linear feet of intermittent streams, 4,225 linear feet of perennial streams, 36.94 acres of palustrine forested (PFO) wetlands, 15.11 acres of palustrine scrub/shrub (PSS) wetlands, and 1.05 acres of palustrine emergent(PEM) wetlands. All economically recoverable coal would be removed during the excavation of the area, processed, and sold. The area would be returned to approximate original contours, covered with stockpiled soil material, revegetated, and returned to an approved post- mine land use through the SMCRA process.