Application for Phase 3 Bond Release - Big Horn Coal Company, PT0213

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Public Notice: Application for Phase 3 Bond Release - Big Horn Coal Company, PT0213

The BIG HORN COAL COMPANY of SOUTH JORDAN, UTAH, Permit No. 213-T10 has applied for Phase 3 bond release from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming. This permit was originally approved on November 19, 1974. The coal mining permit area is located in: Sections 13, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 23, Township 57N, Range 84W Sheridan County, Wyoming. The requested bond release area is approximately 4 miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming, on Highway 338, near the confluence of Goose Creek and Tongue River. This area can be found on the Acme, WY USGS quadrangle map. The parcels to be released from bond are located in: Sections 15, 21 & 22 in Township 57N, Range 84W. This bond release request includes 24.15 acres associated with the shop, rail spur and retail loadout facilities areas that were permitted for postmine industrial land use in 2021. Additionally, this request includes release of the full amount bonded on four (4) surface water monitoring stations that were reclaimed in 2021. These surface water monitoring stations were located in: Sections 11, 15, 16 and 27, Township 57N, Range 84W.

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. 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 26, 2022. Objections may also be submitted by the same deadline via the Land Quality Division's electronic comment portal at http://lq.wyomingdeq.commentinput.com/. If written objections are filed, and a public hearing is requested, the Environmental Quality Council (Council) shall hold a public hearing within sixty (60) days after the final date for filing objections unless a different period is stipulated to by all parties. The Council shall publish notice of the time, date and location of the hearing 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. The hearing shall be conducted as a contested case in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act (W. S. §16-3- 101 through §16-3-115), with a right of judicial review as provided in that act without prejudice to the objector or applicant's right to a hearing before the Council, the Administrator may hold an informal conference to resolve written objections after notification to all parties. The Administrator shall make a record of the conference unless waived by all parties, which shall be accessible to all parties. The Administrator shall furnish all parties of the conference with a written finding of the Division based on the conference, and the reasons for the finding.