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Ohio EPA Schedules Meeting to Discuss Discharge Permit for Belmont County Mining Site

An application for a permit to discharge treated runoff and drainage from a Beallsville mining site into Piney Creek will be the focus of an Aug. 14, 2012, Ohio EPA public meeting. The information session and public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the Beallsville Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 52125 Township Road 134, Beallsville.

Ohio EPA is reviewing an application from the American Energy Corporation to discharge treated runoff and drainage from a new coarse refuse disposal area at the company’s Century Mine located at 43521 Mayhugh Hill Road. Runoff from the new disposal area and an existing disposal site would receive chemical treatment and be sent to two existing settling ponds. If approved, the permit would allow the company to discharge treated runoff and drainage from the ponds.

Unlike fine coal refuse and water (coal slurry) stored in impoundments, coarse refuse is dewatered at the coal preparation plant and landfilled. Permits to construct and operate coarse refuse disposal sites in Ohio are reviewed and approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Any approved discharge may result in a change from the current water quality conditions of two small tributaries to Piney Creek, Piney Creek and the Captina Creek watershed, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards. Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny the permit.

The public meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning the permit request. Comments also may be submitted in writing to: Ohio EPA, DSW Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or dswcomments@epa.state.oh.us. The public comment period ends Aug. 21, 2012.
The permit application and related materials are available for review by calling (614) 644-2001.

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