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ADVISORY – VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING – WEDNESDAY – DEP to Host Virtual Public Hearing on Heritage Coal & Natural Resources, LLC Shaw Mines Proposed NPDES Permit

02/12/2021

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to take testimony from interested parties regarding a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) draft permit for the proposed Shaw Mines Refuse site in Summit and Elk Lick townships, Somerset County. 

Heritage Coal & Natural Resources, LLC has proposed new mining related discharges subject to the Casselman River Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The NPDES draft effluent limitations were published in the Saturday, September 19, 2020 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Heritage Coal & Natural Resources, LLC has applied for this NPDES permit as well as a permit for a new coal refuse disposal area to be built in a location that was previously strip mined. Both permits are currently under review and DEP has not made a final determination on either. 

Those wishing to register for the virtual public hearing must contact Lauren Fraley, community relations coordinator, by email at lfraley@pa.gov or by calling 412-442-4203, at least 24 hours before the hearing. Video demonstrations and screen sharing by witnesses will not be permitted. Testimony will be limited to three minutes. DEP asks that each organization designate one speaker per group and reminds those presenting that time may not be shared or relinquished to others. The WebEx information for the virtual public hearing is be available through the public participation page on DEP’s website at https://www.dep.pa.gov/PublicParticipation/Pages/Virtual-Public-Hearings.aspx.  

DEP will equally consider all comments, whether delivered orally during the virtual hearing or submitted in writing. Written comments may be submitted to Bonnie Herbert, permit clerk, at bherbert@pa.gov, and must be received by 4:00 PM on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Individuals wishing to attend who require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodations to participate should contact Lauren Fraley. The Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service is available by calling 1-800-654-5984 (TTD users) or 1-800-654-5988 (voice users) and request that the call be relayed to Lauren Fraley at 412-442-4203.

WHAT: Virtual public hearing on draft NPDES permit for Heritage Coal & Natural Resources, LLC proposed Shaw Mines refuse site 
WHEN: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM 
WHERE: Virtual public hearing on the WebEx platform; additional details are on DEP’s public participation webpage

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Fraley, 412-442-4203
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