On Monday this week (25 June 2018), the US Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE) announced approval by the Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, of a mining plan modification to add approximately 6175 acres of Federal coal to the approved mining plan area of the Sufco mine, located in Sevier and Sanpete Counties (Utah).
The modification to the mining plan will add approximately nine years to the life of the mine, and will authorise the mining of approximately 56 million t of Federal coal. The Sufco mine facility is located about 16 miles from Emery, Utah, and currently employs 398 people. The mine is projected to produce an average of 5.5 - 6.3 million tpy.
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) prepared the Greens Hollow Tract Mining Plan Modification Supplemental Environmental Assessment in January 2018. Details about the project are available at: https://www.wrcc.osmre.gov/initiatives/greensHollowTract.shtm.
According to the OSMRE, the Sufco mine permit provides for a post-mine land use of timber, grazing land, and wildlife habitat which will continue with this modification. The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining holds a reclamation performance bond in the amount of US$4 680 000 on the site. Reclamation performance bonds are held to ensure that post-mining reclamation of the site is carried out if a company cannot carry out its legally required reclamation obligations.
Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/mining/27062018/osmre-action-authorises-the-mining-of-approximately-56-million-t-of-coal-at-sufco-mine/