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Westmoreland seeking permits for 2 mines in Ohio

Westmoreland Coal Co. is seeking permits for a two coal mines in Ohio, according to official documents.

The coal producer's Oxford Mining Co. LLC subsidiary is proposing to develop a new coal mine called Johnson Run, according to a water quality certification application with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The mine will sit on a 300-acre area in the Trimble Township in Athens County, Ohio, according to a document posted on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.

A local news outlet reported that environmentalists expressed concerns about water quality at a local hearing recently. A comment period for the water quality certification closed last week.

The mine application noted impacts were possible at a number of streams and wetlands in the area.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the Johnson Run mine received a permit from the latter agency last summer.

That document also lists another pending application by Oxford for a 1,563-acre mine in the Union Township in Ohio's Belmont County named Shugert North. Oxford submitted the application for the surface mine in May, according to the document.

Westmoreland executives did not respond to a request for comment.