Corps of Engineers Authorizes Two Clean Water Act Permits

   Here’s the information from today’s press release:

           The Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has authorized two Clean Water Act Permits for Oxford Mining Company in Ohio.

            Oxford Mining’s Halls Knob Surface Mine is located in Coshocton, Muskingum and Guernsey Counties, Ohio. The project will have temporary and permanent impacts to 5,445 feet of stream, 0.173 acre of wetlands, and 0.923 acre of stream impoundments. Oxford Mining will conduct compensatory mitigation including on-site re-establishment of 4,139 feet of stream and 0.32 acre of wetland, and an additional 750 feet of stream protection in perpetuity. 

            The project was advertised by Public Notice on March 20, 2009. The public notices for the permits can be viewed online at http://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/permits/publicnotices/.

            This project was also included on the Enhanced Coordination Process list resulting from the June 11, 2009 Interagency MOU.  The Corps worked in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the applicant to ensure environmental impacts are reduced to the maximum extent practicable.

Oxford Mining’s New Lexington North Area III Surface Mine located in Perry County, OH.  The project will have temporary and permanent impacts totaling 464 feet of stream and .53 acre of wetland.  Compensatory mitigation will include 800 feet of on-site stream re-establishment and 1.1 acre of on-site wetland establishment. 

The project was verified using Nationwide Permit 49 (Coal Remining Activities).

The discharge of fill material must be authorized by the Corps in accordance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Corps implementing regulations.

            For more information, call the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.

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