PUBLIC NOTICE

APPLICATION FOR PHASE III BOND

RELEASE FOR REMAINING 34.15 ACRES OF RECLAIMED SURFACE

CANYON FUEL COMPANY, LLC GORDON CREEK 2, 7 & 8 MINES

PERMIT C/007/0016

Notice is hereby given that Canyon Fuel Company, LLC, 9815 South Monroe St. Suite 203, Sandy, Utah 84070 has filed an application with the Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining (Division) for Phase III Bond Release for the remaining 34.15 acres of reclaimed lands at the Gordon Creek 2, 7 & 8 Mines.  The Mine’s permit number is C/007/0016.  The Mining Permit for this mine was renewed for 5 years on August 28th, 2019. Canyon Fuel Company, LLC (CFC) has fulfilled the necessary requirements contained within the mine’s Mining and Reclamation Plan to obtain Phase III Bond Release for the remaining disturbed acres associated with the mine.  All areas for bond release have met the requirements as described in the Utah Coal Rules R645-301-400 and R645-301-880.330.  The legal description of the permit area for which bond release has been applied follows:

Township 13 South, Range 8 East, SLBM, Utah.

Section 18: N2SE4, N2SW4SE4, S2NE4SW4,

SE4SW4, SE4SW4SW4

Coal mining ceased at the mines in late 1990, the portals sealed in 1992, and approximate original contour and natural drainages re-established in August 1997.  Reclamation Phase I Bond Release was obtained for the entire mine site along with Phase III Bond Release of the Sweet’s Pond Area in October 2003.  Vegetation success standards were achieved and no contribution of additional suspended solids to receiving stream flows or runoff outside the permit was occurring by late 2005.  Phase II Bond Release was approved for the remaining reclaimed mine acreage in March 2007.

The current amount of the surety bond for the 34.15 acres of reclaimed land is $171,000.  The Division will evaluate the proposal for bond release to determine if it meets all the criteria set forth for Phase III Bond Release in the Utah Coal Mining Rules.  Written comments, objections and requests for public hearing or informal conference on this proposal may be addressed to:

Utah Coal Program

Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining

1594 West North Temple, Suite 1210

P.O Box 145801

Salt Lake City, Ut 84114-5801

Said comments must be submitted thirty (30) days from the date of the last publication of this notice.  This notice is being published to comply with the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1997, and State and Federal regulations promulgated pursuant to said Act.

Published in the ETV News October 16, 23 and 30, and November 6 2019.

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