State releases modification letter for proposed Vermilion County mine

State releases modification letter for proposed Vermilion County mine

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released the modification letter it sent to a company proposing to building a coal mine in southwestern Vermilion County.

IDNR issued the letter to Sunrise Coal last week for the company's Bulldog Coal Mine after Sunrise had been waiting for an approval or denial of a permit to build the mine.  Now the company is faced with responding to more than sixty modification or clarification requests from IDNR.  Some of the requests involve how Sunrise plans to monitor the mine's impact on groundwater, to install a clay liner to protect freshwater ponds, to revise the drainage plan for runoff into those ponds and to develop a plan on how to protect a species that is listed as endangered or threatened.  Sunrise has one year to provide acceptable responses to all of IDNR's requests.

Company spokesperson Suzanne Jaworowski declined to comment on specifics of the letter but said that Sunrise plans to get the state the information it wants.  She said she doesn't anticipate taking the full year to respond.

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