About the Project
The U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), Western Region Office, is releasing the Environmental Assessment (EA) and unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the John Henry Mine No.1 Permit Number WA-0007D.
Pacific Coast Coal Company (PCCC) submitted a permit revision application to revise Federal permit WA-0007D on April 18, 2011 to the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). This permit revision would allow the continuation of surface coal mining operations under authority of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), Public Law 95-87.
PCCC has not engaged in substantive coal mining operations since 1999. Environmental maintenance activities and monitoring have been ongoing since that date. PCCCs permit renewal applications (2011 and 2016) have been under administrative delay pending the completion of an Environmental Assessment (EA) of PCCCs proposed permit revision.
OSMRE has prepared an environmental assessment (EA), to analyze environmental impacts of approving a Revision Application for future surface mining operations at the John Henry No. 1 Mine Permit WA-0007D. As required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the EA discloses the potential for direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts. Resources analyzed in the EA include topography and geology, air quality and climate, social and economic resources, water resources, soils, biological resources, land use, recreation, and public health and safety.