Notice of Phase 3 Bond Release Application - Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC

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Notice of Phase 3 Bond Release Application - Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC

The Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC, Coal Creek Mine of Wright, WY (Permit No. 483-T7) has applied for Phase III incremental bond release from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming.  This permit was originally approved on March 16, 1979. The coal mining permit area is located in portions of Sections 3, 4, and 5, Township 45N, Range 70W;  Sections 4, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34, Township 46N, Range 70W; and Section 13 and 24, Township 46N, Range 71W; of Campbell County, Wyoming.

The permit area is approximately 25 miles southeast of Gillette, Wyoming off the Hoadley Campbell County Road.  This area can be found on the Neil Butte USGS quadrangle map.  The parcels to be released from bond are located in portions of Section 16, 17 and 21 in Township 46 North, Range 70 West in Campbell County.  This bond release request includes 331 acres and includes release for scarification, topsoil redistribution and revegetation in the amount of $132,676 for the above described area.  Reclamation activities were completed from 1980 through 2008. 

Information regarding the mining operation, reclamation procedures and areas proposed for release may be reviewed in the Office of the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne and Sheridan, Wyoming, the office of Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC Coal Creek Mine in Gillette, WY.  Written objections to the proposed bond release request must be received by the Administrator of the Land Quality Division, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th Street, Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY  82002, before the close of business January 3, 2020.  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 would be afforded as provided in that act.