Bronco permits new portal at Emery coal mine in Utah

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is taking comment until Dec. 8 on a draft air permit approval related to coal-handling equipment at the Emery coal mine in Emery County.

Said a DEQ notice: “Bronco Utah Operations, LLC (BUOLLC) has requested a modification to Approval Order (AO) DAQEAN0229006-05, dated July 20, 2005. BUOLLC is planning to expand operation of its Emery Mine to a new mine portal for underground mining. As part of this expansion, BUOLLC will add new coal processing equipment. All equipment previously permitted will no longer be used and will be removed from the AO. Emissions associated with the removed equipment were deducted accordingly, resulting in a net decrease of the [potential to emit] at this source.”

A listed company contact is: Kit Pappas, Bronco Utah Operations LLC, Emery Mine, P.O. Box 527, Emery, UT 84522.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration registration for this shut mine was transferred on Jan. 1 of this year from an affiliate of CONSOL Energy to Bronco Utah Operations, which is a unit of Bronco Coal Resources LLC. The mine has been out of production since 2010, MSHA data shows.

U.S. Office of Surface Mining data shows Dan Baker as the President and CEO of Bronco Coal Resources. Dan Baker is also mentioned in Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining documents about mine permitting. Said one July 12 report from the division on mine permit amendment work for Emery: “The revisions include additional coal conveyor systems, a new substation, new screening and crushing facility, and truck loadout facilities associated with the new Emery 2 expansion project. The area where facilities will be constructed is located in the main portal area and an approved drainage basin.”

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