Coal Tattoo

Corps, EPA and WVDEP to explain permit process


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