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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-334



Areas Unsuitable for Coal Mining Petition No. 17939901; Hearing

[38 Pa.B. 1024]
[Saturday, February 23, 2008]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) and the Environmental Quality Board (Board) invite all interested persons to attend a public hearing on a proposal to designate Big Run and Willholm Run watersheds in Graham Township, Clearfield County, as areas unsuitable for surface mining operations. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2008, in the Morris Township Recreation Building, located 1 mile north of SR 53 at 1109 Deer Creek Road. The hearing concerns Petition No. 17939901, which was submitted by the Graham Township supervisors. The petitioners allege that reclamation is not technologically and economically feasible. The petitioners specifically claim that surface mining will adversely affect renewable resource lands resulting in substantial loss or degradation of groundwater and/or surface water resources.

   The hearing will be legislative and fact finding in nature when interested persons will be afforded an opportunity to present oral or written testimony and comments on the merits of the petition. Persons wishing to present oral testimony must register with the Department before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2008, and must bring three copies of the testimony to the hearing. Persons can register by calling (717) 787-5103 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is requested that only one person from each organization present testimony. No cross-examination of witnesses will be permitted. Written comment will be accepted by the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, P. O. Box 8461, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461 until 4:30 p.m., April 11, 2008, when the public record will close. Submission of comments by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments may also be submitted, by means of email to and must be received by April 11, 2008.

   Persons with a disability and requiring an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceedings, contact Geoffrey Lincoln at (717) 783-9582 before 4 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2008, to discuss how the Board may best accommodate their needs. If necessary, persons may use the AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) and request that they relay your call to Geoffrey Lincoln at (717) 783-9582.

   Any person with an interest within the petition area which may be affected by a designation may request to become an intervenor, for or against these proceedings, by filing allegations of fact, supporting evidence, a short statement identifying the petition to which the allegations pertain, their interests which could be affected, and a request for intervenor status including name, address and phone number. Requests for intervenor status will be accepted until 3 days before the public hearing on the petition.

   This notice is given under the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (52 P. S. §§ 1396.1--1396.19a), The Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. §§ 691.1--691.1001) and the Coal Refuse Disposal Act (52 P. S. §§ 30.51--30.66) and the regulations promulgated thereunder.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-334. Filed for public inspection February 22, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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