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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-469


Revision of Areas Unsuitable for Surface Mining; Petition No. 11969901; Muddy Run Watershed, Cambria and Clearfield Counties

[33 Pa.B. 1417]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, has revised the technical study area of the petition to designate the Muddy Run Watershed in Reade Township, Cambria County, and the upper portion of the Muddy Run Watershed in Beccaria and Gulich Townships, Clearfield County, as an area unsuitable for surface mining operations. This study was initiated in response to Petition No. 11969901 submitted by James Thompson on behalf of the Reade Township Municipal Authority for the protection of public water supply wells.

   The Department's original technical study area was determined to be approximately 5,127 acres (2,075 hectares) located south of Township Road T534. This area was significantly larger than the area requested by the petitioner because it was identified on the basis of the limited hydrogeologic data and mining history available at the time the petition was submitted. Based upon evaluation of the most recent hydrogeologic data and results from adjacent remining operations, the Department has revised the technical study area to include that portion of the watershed most likely to contain the recharge area for the public water supply wells. The revised technical study area is approximately 3,691 acres (1,493.8 hectares) located south of Township Road T253.

   For further information, contact Milton McCommons, (717) 783-9582,

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-469. Filed for public inspection March 14, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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