Coal Tattoo

Corps, EPA and WVDEP to explain permit process

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will return to the scene of their infamous mountaintop removal hearing tomorrow morning, this time for a special meeting with coal company officials.

I’m told the meeting was originally set up as a private discussion for coal operators with the Corps, U.S. EPA and the WVDEP about surface mining permit issues … but after some questions were asked about that format, it’s turned into an open meeting (see the comments section of this Coal Tattoo post).

The meetings is at 9 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center, and here’s the agenda:

9 to 9:30 a.m. — Corps — Discussion of the Enhanced Coordination Process (i.e., how projects enter ECP, expected timeframes)

9:30 to 10 a.m. — U.S. EPA — Discussion on possible concerns (i.e., fill minimization, WQ impacts, mitigation)

10: 15 to 10:45 a.m. — WVDEP — Discussion of how the ECP process may affect state authorizations and application review process (SMCRA, 402, 401).

10:45 to 11:30 a.m. — Panel — Questions and Answers