Notice of Application for Area Bond and Phase I Bond Releases - Peabody Caballo Mining, LLC

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

Peabody Caballo Mining, LLC, Caballo Mine, Permit No. 433-T8, 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 June 21, 1976. The coal mining permit area is located in
all or portions of: Sections 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36, T49N, R71W; Section 31, T49N, R70W;
Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, and 30, T48N, R70W; Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13,
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28 T48N, R71W; 6th Principal Meridian,
all located in Campbell County, Wyoming. The Caballo Mine is approximately 14 miles southeast
of Gillette, Wyoming off WY-59 and Bishop Road. This area can be found on the following
USGS quadrangle maps: The Gap, The Gap SW, Saddle Horse Butte and Coyote Draw. The
parcels to be released from bond are located in Sections 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 26 and 27 in T48N,
R71W. This bond release request includes approximately 422.1 acres. The Area Bond Release is
for the completion of backfill, rough grading and contouring which occurred from 1984 through
2017. The Phase 1 Bond Release is for the completion of final grading, topsoil replacement and
drainage reconstruction which occurred from 1986 through 2018. The total amount of bond to be
released is $557,703 which is 60% of the incremental bond for those 422.1 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 January 30, 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 or a public hearing 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.