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Notice is hereby given that POCAHONTAS COAL COMPANY LLC, 109 APPALACHIAN DRIVE, BECKLEY, WV 25801 has submitted an application for the modification of Article 11/WVNPDES Permit No. WV1000063 to the Department of Environmental Protection, 1159 Nick Rahall Greenway, Fayetteville, WV 25840 in order to clarify that the WV NPDES Rules for Coal Mining Facilities (Title 47, Series 30) cited as conditions in Section C of the permit (and/or elsewhere) are those approved by the Legislature in 2015, filed with the Secretary of State on April 30, 2015, and approved by the U.S. EPA on March 27, 2019 for the currently approved preparation plant and refuse disposal area.

The operation will discharge Treated and Storm water into Unnamed Tributaries of Tommy Creek of Stonecoal Creek of Winding Gulf of Upper Guyandotte River and is located 1.90 miles northeast of Rhodell in Slab Fork District of Raleigh County, Longitude 81deg. 16′ 44″ and Latitude 37deg. 37′ 38″ (Coordinates from USGS Topographic Map).

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking information on private surface water intakes for human consumption located at the above listed receiving streams and located down stream of this operation. Please provide your name, phone number, mailing address, the name of the stream being with the intake, and the physical location of the intake. This information needs to be submitted to the address above.

An anti-degradation review has been conducted. Tier 1 protection is afforded because effluent limitations ensure compliance with water quality criteria for all designated uses. Where applicable, Tier 2 protection is also afforded because the agency has made a determination that the discharge(s) will not cause significant degradation to the receiving stream(s) for any parameters of concern.

Comments on the Article 11 WV/NPDES application or requests for a public hearing regarding the Article 11/NPDES application shall be in writing and if a public hearing is requested shall state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing. Such written comments or requests should be sent to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at the address above, and must also reference the Article 11/NPDES permit number shown above. Comments received by October 13, 2019, or thirty (30) days from date of publication, will be considered. A copy of the Article 11/WVNPDES application, draft permit and fact sheet (if required) will be available for inspection and obtaining copies during normal business hours at the DEP Regional Office located at the address above.

DEP Telephone No. (304) 574-4465 Article 11/NPDES Permit No. WV1000063

9-13-FRI-1-RH; LG 301084

ID: 301084