Coal Hollow Mine
About the Project
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), Western Region Office, prepared a Record of Decision (ROD) for the adoption of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 2018 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Alton Coal Tract Lease by Application for the Coal Hollow Mine located in Kane County, Utah.
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) participated as a cooperating agency on the BLM FEIS. The Coal Hollow Mine is owned and operated by Alton Coal Development, LLC. OSMRE is adopting this FEIS to inform our current future recommendations for Mining Plan Decision Documents (MPDD).
Consistent with the BLM’s decision, OSMRE is selecting Alternative K1, as described in the FEIS (Section 2.5), based on the agencies consideration of: the purpose and need for the action; the issues; current policies and regulations; the analysis of alternatives contained in the FEIS; public comments received and other information in the project record. Alternative K1 as analyzed in the FEIS would add 2,114 acres of which approximately 1,227 acres are federal surface and mineral estate and 887 acres are split estate (private surface and federal mineral estate) for surface and underground mining activities. Under Alternative K1, the lease to be mined contains approximately 40.9 million tons of coal and an estimated 30.8 million tons of coal will be recoverable. The lease would produce approximately 2 million tons per year and continuing mining operations by approximately 16 years.
OSMRE will prepare and submit to the ASLM a mining plan decision document recommending approval, disapproval, or conditional approval of the mining plan. The ASLM will approve, disapprove, or conditionally approve the mining plan approval document within the mining plan decision document, as required under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920.