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Army Corps seeks public comment on new Justice company coal mine permit

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on planned discharge from a Kentucky Fuel Corp. surface coal mine project.

Tams Management Inc, a subsidiary of Kentucky Fuel and ultimately of James C Justice Companies Inc, seeks to discharge mine fill material into nearly 8,000 linear feet of streams in Wyoming County, W.Va., adjacent to its planned Beartown coal mine.

The project would include the building of three in-stream sediment control ponds, and the installation of a rock core drain.

According to a notice posted by the Army Corps, Beartown would mine 940,000 tons of coal annually over a period of 12.5 years.

The 1,274-acre mine project is also under review by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The state government received the application from Tams Management in February 2016.

The comment period for the mine permit expires Jan. 17, 2018.

Kentucky Fuel applied for a 1,678-acre permit under the same name in 2008 in Wyoming County.

The top 25 mines in Central Appalachia increased production year over year in the third quarter due in part to strong demand for metallurgical coal.