July 18, 2012
At a public hearing on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 local residents spoke out against a new mine planned for Schuyler County. The Littleton mine, if allowed, would impact more than 700 acres of farmland and forest, and ultimately rivers and streams in the Illinois River Watershed. The mining company, Grindstone Management, is an affiliate of the company that now runs Industry Mine, a mine that is seriously out of compliance with the law. According to its own records, the Industry Mine has violated its water permit more than 600 times. It has one of the worst compliance records in the state and is currently being sued by the Illinois Attorney General, as well as Prairie Rivers Network, the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, one of the state agencies responsible for overseeing and permitting new mines, needs to hear from people like you who care about protecting rivers and streams from coal companies such as this one that violate our clean water laws. Please write a comment on the pending application. You have until July 23, 2012. We’d be happy to help.
Comments should be addressed to:
Scott Fowler, Supervisor
Land Reclamation Division
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271
or via email to: Scott.Fowler@illinois.gov
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