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Indiana Vermilion County coal mine one more permit closer to reality

Coal News - Published on Thu, 18 Apr 2019

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The Independent reported that nearly a decade after Indiana-based Sunrise Coal first began exploring the possibility of a new mine in Vermilion County, the Bulldog Mine is closer than ever to becoming a reality on 390 acres of farmland southeast of Homer. Ed Cross with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources confirmed to News-Gazette Media on April 9 that the company was granted a final permit by the state agency’s Office of Mines and Minerals. But before the company can begin construction at the site in southwestern Vermilion County north of Allerton and Sidell, it will need a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

In 2015, that agency issued a draft of a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit, which the company needs to legally discharge runoff from the site into nearby waterways, said the IEPA’s Kim Biggs. But the process stalled waiting on the IDNR to issue its permit first, she said.

Now, the IEPA is reviewing information it has recently received from the IDNR regarding the project.

Biggs said that “We’re reviewing that to determine if we need to make any additional changes to our draft permit.”

Officials from Terre Haute, Ind.-based Sunrise Coal could not be reached for comment Tuesday about the company’s long-awaited green light from the IDNR.

For Suzanne Smith, of rural Homer, and other members of Stand Up to Coal, the timing of this permit approval came as a surprise.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 18 Apr 2019
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