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Public hearing on Karadus Mine set for Springfield Elementary

The Department of Environmental Protection will host a public hearing at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Springfield Elementary School as part of the bond release process that Amerikohl Mining is completing for the Karadus Mine in Springfield Township.

Kevin Sunday, a spokesman for the DEP, said mining started at the site in February 2006 and wrapped up in the same year.

This week's public hearing will be the last in a three-step process that mining companies must finish in order to get a bond on the site released, which frees the company from any further reclamation obligations.

Sunday said the first step in the process is to complete any mining. The second step is to reclaim the property and submit reports to the DEP for review on the process, he said.

The third step is to take part in a public meeting in which members of the public can comment on any concerns they might have with the reclamation of the site.

The Mountain Watershed Association has voiced concerns about water quality in that area, Sunday said.

A geologist will be on hand as well as different technical staff with the DEP to address any concerns, he added.

Association representatives could not be reached for comment.

Springfield Elementary is off Route 711 in the Normalville area.

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