Notice of Phase 3 Bond Release Application - Arch of Wyoming, LLC PT0730

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Public Notice: Phase 3 Bond Release Application - Arch of Wyoming, LLC PT0730

The Carbon Basin Mines-Elk Mountain Mine of Arch of Wyoming, LLC, (Permit No 730-T4 has applied for Category 5, Phase 3 bond release amount of $745,443 from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming.  This permit was originally approved on November 22, 2005. The coal mining permit area is located in: Townships 20 and 21 North, Range 79, 80 and 81 West in Carbon County, Wyoming.  Elk Mountain Mine is approximately 3 miles North of Elk Mountain, Wyoming between Wyoming State Highway 72 and Carbon Country Road 3.  This area can be found on the Hill USGS quadrangle map(s).  The parcels to be released from bond are located in Section 6 in Township 20 North, Range 80 West, and portions of Sections 31 and 32 in Township 21 North, Range 80 West.  This bond release request includes 174.3 acres. These acres are comprised of permanent features such as but not limited to facility, water well, ASCM's, topsoil pile, powerline, and access roads as well as the reclaimed site 1 pit. The acres are permanent features that have been left in place per landowner request to support the post-mining land use and ongoing grazing efforts in the area.

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.  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 July 18, 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.