IDNR Hits Local Mine Company With Citation

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is punishing a unit of Peabody Coal Company for clearing trees in the area of a proposed coal mine without a permit.

Peabody Arclar Mining LLC was cited after a new federal interpretation considers tree logging as a pre-surface mining activity, according to the IDNR.

The incident occurred at the proposed site of the Rocky Branch Mine, just south of Peabody’s Cottage Grove strip mine near Southeastern Illinois College.

A spokesman with the IDNR says the violation will likely not hinder Peabody’s application process for a permit.

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Topics : Disaster_AccidentEnvironment
Locations : Southeastern Illinois
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