Notice is hereby given that MID-VOL COAL SALES, INC., 640 CLOVER DEW DAIRY RD, PRINCETON, WV 24740 has submitted an application for the issuance of Article 11/WVNPDES Permit No. WV1030019 to the Department of Environmental Protection, 1159 Nick Rahall Greenway, Fayetteville, WV 25840 in order to construct, open, and operate a proposed coal surface mine (SMA S300119 – Loop Branch Surface Mine) utilizing contour, area, and auger/highwall mining methods in the Pocahontas 10, Lower Horsepen, Lower Horsepen Rider, Pocahontas 9, Pocahontas No. 11A, Pocahontas No. 11B, and Pocahontas No. 12B and all riders and splits thereof seam/mineral bed. The operation will discharge treated water and storm water into unnamed tributaries of Loop Branch; unnamed tributaries of/and Mill Branch; all of Tug Fork River and is located 2.0 miles, northeast of Pageton, in Elkhorn District(s) of McDowell County(ies), Longitude 81deg. 26′ 29″ and Latitude 37deg. 22′ 22″ (Coordinates from USGS Topographic Map).

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking information on private surface water intakes for human consumption located in 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 April 1, 2020, 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.: WV1030019

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