Notice of Application for Bond Release - Western Fuels-Wyoming, Inc., PT0599

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Western Fuels-Wyoming Inc., PT0599 - Application for Bond Release

Western Fuels-Wyoming, Inc. of Gillette, Wyoming Permit No. 599-T6 has applied for area and phase 1 bond release from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming.  The permit was originally approved on April 13, 1989.  The coal mining permit area is located in parts of Sections 23, 24, 25, 26 and 36, Township 51 North, Range 72 West; parts of Sections 19, 29, 30, 31 and 32, Township 51 North, Range 71 West; part or all of Sections 6, 7, 8, 17 and 18 Township 50 North, Range 71 West; and part or all of Sections 1, 2, 12, and 13 Township 50 North, Range 72 West, all in Campbell County, Wyoming.  The mine is located approximately 6 miles north of Gillette on Garner Lake Road.  This area can be found on the Gillette East, Wyo and Moyer Springs, Wyo USGS quadrangle maps.  The parcels to be released from bond are located within Sections 24, 25 and 36 of Township 51 North, Range 72 West, and Sections 19, 29, 30 and 31 of Township 51 North, Range 71 West.  This bond release request includes 90.2 acres of Phase 1 partial bond release and 61.9 acres of area bond release. 

Information regarding the mining operation, reclamation procedures and areas proposed for release may be reviewed in the Office of the Land Quality Division, Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne and Sheridan, Wyoming.  Written objections to the proposed bond release must be received by the Administrator of the Land Quality Division, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th St, Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY  82002, before the close of business May 24, 2018.  If written objections are filed, and a public hearing is requested, the Director may hold an informal conference, hear the complaint and take action on the application in accordance with the Department’s Rules of Practice and Procedure.  An informal conference shall be held if the Director determines that the nature of the complaint or the position of the complainants indicates that an attempt to informally resolve the disputes is preferable to a contested case proceeding.  An informal conference shall be held 20 days after the final date for filing objections unless a different date is stipulated to by the parties.  The complainants shall have a right of appeal to the Environmental Quality Council where the complaint will be heard a second time.  If an informal conference is not held or does not satisfy the complainants, a public hearing shall be held within 60 days after the final date for filing objections unless a different period is stipulated to by the parties.  The Council or Director shall inform the operator and all interested parties of the public hearing.  The Council or Director shall publish notice of the time, date and location of the hearing or conference in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality of the proposed operation once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks immediately prior to the hearing or conference.  The hearing would be conducted as a contested case in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act (W.S. §16-3-101 through §16-3-115), and the right of judicial review shall be afforded as provided in that act.