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Stephanie R. Timmermeyer Cabinet Secretary www.wvdep.org. West Virginia Division of Mining and Reclamation Lewis A. Halstead Deputy Director April 2007 . Historical Perspective. Division of Mining and Reclamation. Organizational structure Backlog. Permitting.

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Stephanie r timmermeyer cabinet secretary wvdep

Stephanie R. Timmermeyer

Cabinet Secretary

www.wvdep.org


Stephanie r timmermeyer cabinet secretary wvdep

West Virginia Division of Mining and ReclamationLewis A. Halstead Deputy Director April 2007


Stephanie r timmermeyer cabinet secretary wvdep

Historical

Perspective


Division of mining and reclamation
Division of Mining and Reclamation

  • Organizational structure

  • Backlog


Stephanie r timmermeyer cabinet secretary wvdep

Permitting

  • Pending Applications 2005-2006

  • Permits Issued

  • Permitted Acreage

  • Projected Tonnage

  • Permitting Actions

  • Prospect Applications Received

  • Pending NPDES


Inspection and enforcement
Inspection and Enforcement

  • Inspection Frequency

  • Violations

  • Complaints


Other highlights
Other Highlights

  • Incidental coal removal

    -Form recently developed and several applications have gone through the process.

  • Coal combustion residue placed on mine sites

    • A National Academy of Sciences study released

    • OSM has published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking

    • Comments due by May 14, 2007


2007 surface mining reclamation rule changes
2007Surface Mining Reclamation Rule changes


Stephanie r timmermeyer cabinet secretary wvdep

ARRI goals:

  • Plant more high-value hardwood trees on reclaimed coal-mined lands in Appalachia

  • Increase the survival and growth rates of planted trees

  • Expedite the establishment of forest habitat through natural succession


Stephanie r timmermeyer cabinet secretary wvdep

  • 83% of acreage approved in 2006 is FRA (forestry reclamation approach) compliant.

  • One ongoing experimental practice (Catenary), one more planned (Coal-Mac)

  • Several demonstration plots (Alex Energy) (ICG-Birch river) WVU to monitor organic matter supplement at ICG.

  • Working with WVL&MOC (land & minerals owner's council) to establish reforestation research center in WV.

  • 5 reforestation training sessions planned for 2007 (3 I&E, 1 OSM, 1 regional ARRI in VA)   


Arbor day
Arbor Day approach) compliant.

  • Event at ICG Eastern’s Birch River operation on April 27

  • Fifth grade students from Glade Elementary


Endangered species consultation

Endangered Species Consultation approach) compliant.

DEP assumed the primary contact role for endangered species consultation from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. All requests and information are directed through DEP


Stephanie r timmermeyer cabinet secretary wvdep


Stephanie r timmermeyer cabinet secretary wvdep


Chia quality review panel
CHIA Quality Review Panel Indiana Bat protocol are found on the DEP website.

  • Formed as a result of federal lawsuit, Ohio River Valley Environmental Coalition v. Stephanie R. Timmermeyer and Green Valley Coal.

  • Consent order was entered on May 5, 2004, in the Southern District of West Virginia.

  • Panel included a representative of the plaintiff, OSM, Coal Association, and DEP.


Chia panel general recommendations
CHIA Panel General Recommendations Indiana Bat protocol are found on the DEP website.

  • Update CHIA guidance document

  • CHIA writers should follow the guidance document (current version)

  • DEP should implement detailed training sessions for CHIA writers and others

  • DEP should implement industry training on PHC/HRP

  • All data should be submitted electronically to DEP

  • DEP should consider re-instituting a CHIA panel to follow up on recommendations


Mountaintop mining quality assurance quality control panel meetings
Mountaintop Mining Quality Assurance/Quality Control Panel Meetings

  • The panel emphasizes the increasing review load trend and recommends that DEP management consider appropriate measures to make adequate technical review resources available so as to avoid the recurrence of application backlogs.

  • The panel recommends the DEP approximate original contour engineer make the appropriate changes to the permit application form (MR-4) Section O with particular reference to documentation and description of methodology in demonstration of AOC.


Wallback lake coal mitigation project
Wallback Lake Coal Mitigation Project Meetings

  • Fola Coal

  • WVDEP

  • Corps

  • DNR

  • Heeter Construction


2007 and beyond
2007 and beyond Meetings



Oversight and studies
Oversight and Studies Meetings

  • AMD III

  • Slurry injection


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E-Permitting Meetings

20%


Thanks
THANKS Meetings