Notice of Application for Bond Release - Peabody Caballo Mining, LLC

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Notice of Application for Bond Release - Peabody Caballo Mining, LLC

Peabody Caballo Mining, LLC, Rawhide Mine, Permit No. 240-T7, Caller Box 3034, Gillette, Wyoming 82717-3034, has applied for an Area Bond Release and a Phase 1 Bond Release from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming. This permit was originally approved on January 31, 1975.  The coal mining permit area is located in Section 19 T51N, R71W; Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 24 T51N, R72W; Sections 31, 32, 33 and 34 T52N, R72W; Sections  1 and 12 T51N, R73W; and in Section 36 T52N, R73W, in Campbell County, Wyoming. The Rawhide Mine is approximately 8 miles northeast of Gillette, Wyoming off Wyoming Highway 59.  This area can be found on the following quadrangle maps: Moyer Springs and Rawhide School. The parcels to be released from bond are located in Sections 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 and 16 in T51N, R72W.  This bond release request includes approximately 414.0 acres.  The Area Bond Release is for the completion of backfill, rough grading and contouring which occurred from 2004 through 2017.  The Phase 1 Bond Release is for the completion of final grading, topsoil replacement and drainage reconstruction which occurred from 1993 through 2017.  The total amount of bond to be released is $426,897 which is 60% of the incremental bond for those 414.0 acres. Information regarding the Area Bond Release and the Phase 1 Bond Release may be reviewed in the Office of the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne and Sheridan, Wyoming.  Written objections to the proposed mining operation must be received by the Administrator of the Land Quality Division, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 West 17th Street, Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY  82002, before the close of business October 3, 2019. 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 or a public hearing shall be held twenty (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 would be afforded as provided in that act.