Corps of Engineers Issues Permit for Reylas Surface Mine in West Virginia

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.... The Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers has issued a Department of the Army Permit to Highland Mining
Company to allow the discharge of fill material into 13,743 linear feet of
waters of the United States in conjunction with the Reylas Surface Mine in
Logan County, West Virginia.

The permit authorizes one valley fill, one sediment pond and several
mine-through areas. The permit, as authorized, represents the least
environmentally damaging practicable alternative while meeting the projects
stated purpose and need.

As a result of the Corps' permitting process, the applicant reduced
impacts to 400 linear feet of perennial stream while eliminating the future
extraction of approximately 2.5 million tons of coal. To mitigate for impacts
to waters of the United States, the applicant is required to restore 1,154
linear feet of stream channel and create 28,960 linear feet of stream channel
on-site.

After mining and reclamation, the site will have a post-mine land use of
emergency FEMA housing and associated infrastructure in accordance with the
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Surface Mining Control
and Reclamation Act Permit.