DEP to consider partial bond release for Amerikohl
The Department of Environmental Protection took comments on Thursday concerning releasing some bond money to Amerikohl Mining Inc. in regards to the Nicholson 3 mine in Normalville, which the company recently reclaimed.
A permit was issued to Amerikohl on April 25, 2011 to mine for coal along Buttermilk Hollow Road. Andy Walker, surface mine conservation inspector, said the permit was for a total of 194 acres, with about 80 acres affected and then reclaimed. Amerikohl started mining in May 2011 and completed coal removal from the site by April of this year.
The public hearing on Thursday was for DEP officials to consider releasing Stage 1 bond money back to Amerikohl. No official decisions were made.
Ted Pitash, inspector/supervisor with the DEP, said there are three stages of bond release after the completion of any mining at a specific site.
The first stage would be for the DEP to authorize the release of 60 percent of the bond if Amerikohl meets the requirements, which include backfilling the affected area, mulching, reseeding and the planting of trees.
Walker said the total bond Amerikohl was required to put up for the project was slightly more than $176,000. If approved for Stage 1 bond release, the mining company would get about $106,000 of their bond money returned.
Pitash said the Stage 2 bond release wouldn't come into play until after two complete growing seasons, when the vegetation (trees and grasses) has a chance to qualify.
If it does qualify, the company would get the remainder of its bond, less any money it would take to re-vegetate and re-grade the site if the company fails to pass the Stage 2 bond release decision.
If all goes well, it would take about five years to get through all three stages of the bond release, he added.
Krissy Kasserman with the Youghiogheny Riverkeepers and the Mountain Watershed Association, said they had a hydro-geologist look at the quality of two streams that were affected during the mining.
“The concerns of our hydro-geologist were whether there was a decline in base flow from the top of the streams to the bottom and whether or not there was a significant increase in sedimentation below the site.
“Even though it was not required, we would have liked to see some testing for macro-invertebrates below the site,” she said.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Father-and-son blacksmiths still firing up forge in Farmington
- Uniontown songwriter draws big inspiration from Bigfoot for new CD
- Connellsville foundation preserves local theater treasure
- New HR director in place in Fayette; commissioner remains opposed to hiring
- Dormant Connellsville community committee donates $3.7K
- Warrant issued for Hopwood man accused of burglary
- Robbery charges against Elizabeth Township man dismissed
- Seton Hill student to run for Connellsville Council
- Mill Run woman sentenced in daughter’s death
- Connellsville Rite Aid robbed
- Zimmerlink seeking 4th term in Fayette