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Working the right way.
Permitting &
Reclamation

For the most part, the people of Rosebud Mining Co. live in the communities we work. We share an equal interest in the community in making sure we're doing everything we can to set up our mines correctly, run them correctly, and return the land to the community when we're done. Permitting and reclamation are vital parts of that process.

Permitting - the right way to start.

Today's mine permitting with the federal and state regulators presents many challenges to manage environmental issues related to mining operations. Given these challenges, the permitting process must begin simultaneously with the reserve evaluation in order to indentify major environmental concerns that may affect the viability of a mining project. Many areas of a potential reserve that appear to be mineable, may in fact need to be excluded from the total reserve area because of environmental concerns or regulations.

Once the reserve area has been preliminarily defined based on geologic conditions, environmental issues and property rights, the permitting process can begin. Mining permits are reviewed by a variety of federal, state and local governmental agencies, county and municipality authorities, and the general public and in some instances, require multiple permits from multiple regulatory authorities. The exact number of permits needed for a mining project can vary from site to site but generally includes a state issued mining permit, a Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and an Army Corps of Engineers 404 or Nationwide permit.

State issued mining permits address a number of topics concerning surface disturbance, hydrology, streams and wetlands, reclamation of the site, blasting, acid mine drainage, adjacent mines, zoning, public water supplies, and endangered species. A state issued permit application typically takes 2 to 3 years to process. During that process, the mine is reviewed so that it meets all of the environmental standards established by the regulatory authorities listed above. Along with the state permit process, a federally issued NPDES permit regulates the water quality and quantity of storm water and mine drainage from the mine site. These permits are established through the state mine permitting process and by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

All of these permits address the environmental aspects of a mine and additional permits and approvals are needed to address safety and the operations. In order to expedite the permit process, the vast majority of the permit work and data collection is completed in-house by Rosebud's Staff of Geologists and Engineers. One could assume because of the complexities of reserve evaluation, environmental and operational permitting a five year time frame is likely from the start of a reserve project until the first ton of coal is mined.

 

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Reclamation - finishing the job.

Rosebud understands it is our responsibility to be good environmental stewards, and we go to great lengths to preserve our surroundings. In fact, the majority of our employees are avid outdoorsmen who appreciate the importance of the balance between industry and nature. Many of our employees are also lifelong residents of the environments we work in.

Our surface & reclamation crew reclaimed a former surface mine near Easy Brady, PA allowing construction of a lodge and development of a hunting preserve on the site. Food plots and other beneficial vegetation were established as part of the reclamation process, turning the property into prime habitat for many species of wildlife, including back bear, whitetail deer, wild turkey and pheasant.