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ADVISORY – VIRTUAL EVENT – TUESDAY – DEP to Hold Virtual Public Information Meeting on Permit Application for Noncoal Surface Mine in Westmoreland County

06/24/2022

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a virtual public information meeting for the public to ask questions and receive information about the proposed SMT East surface mine. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM using the Webex platform.

Representatives from DEP and the applicant will present information on the proposed activity and answer questions. DEP staff will also explain the permit application review process and display maps onscreen. DEP began its technical review of the applications on February 10, 2021, to determine if the applications comply with state laws and regulations for noncoal surface mining, and its review of the application is ongoing.

Ligonier Stone & Lime Company is proposing a new noncoal surface mine permit on a 224.2-acre site along PA-217 and west of Torrance Road in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, approximately 0.25 miles northwest of Brenizer, which is considered an environmental justice area. DEP is working to facilitate enhanced public participation to ensure that the public is informed and has the opportunity to be involved. 

The application and more information on the proposed mine can be found on DEP’s community information webpage for this project, dep.pa.gov/SMTEast.

WHAT: Virtual public information meeting on proposed SMT East surface mine
WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
WHERE: Registration and permit application information available here: dep.pa.gov/SMTEast

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Fraley, lfraley@pa.gov, 412-442-4203
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