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OSMRE announces record of decision for Alton Coal Lease by Application at Coal Hollow Mine

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The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) announced it is releasing a Record of Decision (ROD) adopting the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Alton Coal Lease by Application (LBA) at the Coal Hollow Mine, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

OSMRE’s preferred alternative would add approximately 2114 permit acres for opencast and underground mining activities and approximately 30.8 million t of recoverable federal and private coal to the mining area of Coal Hollow Mine in Kane County, Utah (USA). The preferred alternative would add approximately 16 years to the life of the mine, through the year 2036. The permit area currently employs 160 people. The mine is projected to produce 2 million tpy.

The Coal Hollow Mine permit provides for a post-mine land use of domestic grazing with limited wildlife, which will continue with this mining plan. The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining holds a reclamation performance bond in the amount of US$13 million on the site. Reclamation performance bonds are held to ensure that post-mining reclamation of the site is carried out if a company cannot carry out its legally required reclamation obligations.

The ROD adopting BLM’s final EIS for the Alton Coal LBA at the Coal Hollow Mine will be published in the Federal Register on 5 July 2019.

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