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Permit Transfer


The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has issued the Navajo Mine Permit (NM-0003F) to Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC (NTEC).

Permit Transfer Documents

Online availability of Permit Transfer Application for Navajo Mine, Navajo Reservation, New Mexico

  • On April 29, 2013, the Navajo Nation Council passed legislation to form Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC), a Navajo Nation owned Limited Liability Company (LLC) organized under the Navajo Nation's Limited Liability Company Act. The Navajo Nation informed OSMRE that they are seeking to purchase all interests in BHP Navajo Coal Company (BNCC) from BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal, Inc. BNCC is the permittee of the Navajo Mine.
  • On May 3, 2013, OSMRE received an application from BNCC to transfer Permit NM-0003F to NTEC. NTEC (the new permittee), through its contract miner [BHP Billiton Mine Management Company (MMCo), a newly formed company of BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal, Inc.], intends to continue engaging in surface mining and reclamation activities at the Navajo Mine in accordance with the existing Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) Permit No. NM-0003F. On May 10, 2013, BNCC provided information updating the permit transfer application.
  • The May 3, 2013, submittal, as updated by the subsequent May 10, 2013, submittal, includes the following Attachments:
    • Attachment A - Notification of Name Change
    • Attachment B - Application for Permit Transfer Approval in Conjunction with Entity Conversion
    • Attachment C - Updated Ownership and Control Information
    • Attachment D - Application for Permit Transfer Approval in Conjunction with Merger
  • On August 30, 2013 BNCC submitted a revised Permit Transfer Application to OSMRE. On September 3, 2013, BNCC further updated the August 30th submittal. Below is the August 30, 2013, revised Permit Transfer Application as updated by September 3, 2013 revision.
  • On October 17, 2013, BNCC further updated its permit Transfer application.
  • On November 21, 2013, BNCC provided material in response to conditions in OSMRE's November 1, 2013 Conditional Approval.
  • On January 16, 2014, MMCo, Provided material in response to conditions in OSMRE's November 1, 2013 Conditional Approval.

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