Burning Star Green Energy permits waste coal recovery in Illinois

Burning Star Green Energy LLC out of Palm Beach, Florida, is seeking a Clean Water Act permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the Burning Star Slurry Recovery project in Perry County.

The Illinois EPA is taking comment until July 25 on a Section 401 water quality certification to discharge into the waters of the state associated with a Section 404 permit application received by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Said the state agency: “The applicant has applied for Section 401 water quality certification for impacts associated with a carbon recovery operation. The proposed permit area is approximately 355.9 acres. The product will be reclaimed fine coal from the slurry remnants deposited by the Consolidation Coal Company’s former Burning Star 4 surface mine.

“The slurry will be removed by two methods. Hydraulic dredging will be the primary removal technique while conventional (dry) excavation and haulage will occur generally at the north end of the refuse area where soil cover has been applied. Overburden removal is not applicable; however, if potentially toxic materials are uncovered in the routine earth moving operations, such material will be placed so as to assure it is covered with a minimum of four feet of suitable non-toxic non-flammable material. Areas left bare from removal of existing vegetation will be reseeded with a permanent seed mixture and mulched.

“Secondary refuse from the processing facility will be the only waste material from this operation. Such material will consist of extremely fine-sized material, primary fireclay, and non-combustible materials of higher specific gravity non-coal minerals. Net neutralization potential of this reject material cannot be determined until such time as the process begins at which time the information will be provided to the Regulatory Authorities. Noncoal waste will be removed from the site by a licensed hauler. Coal waste for approximately the first year of operation will be disposed of in Secondary Refuse Cells which will receive the required earthen cover upon the refuse area’s closure. After the first year, the open pit volume opened up by the dredging operation will be utilized to receive coal waste for the remainder of the mine’s life. The existing slurry pond will be the receiving water body for runoff from within the Secondary Refuse Area.”

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