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

     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.

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