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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 18-1409



Primacy Alternate Bonding System Program Update

[48 Pa.B. 5655]
[Saturday, September 8, 2018]

 On July 10, 2017, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement approved a program amendment regarding the management of the required reclamation to address mine sites forfeited under the Alternate Bonding System (ABS) Program (Program). The Program amendment included lists of ABS legacy sites and potential ABS legacy sites. The Program amendment also required notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of changes to these lists.

ABS Legacy Sites

 Two sites operated by K & J Coal Co., Gaber-Brown (Permit No. 17880129) and Westover (Permit No. 11693000), are being removed from the list of ABS legacy sites because the Post-Mining Discharge Treatment Trust associated with these sites has become fully-funded. These were included in the ABS because this trust was not fully-funded. The removal is the result of the appreciation of the value of the trust while the costs for treating the discharges were paid from the Reclamation Fee O & M Trust account. As of December 31, 2017, the calculated target value of the trust is $778,165.58. The actual value on December 31, 2017, was $2,021,207.58.

 One site, the C & K, Tremba-Horner (Permit No. 16830114) is being removed from the list of ABS Legacy sites because the water quality of the discharge has improved so that it meets effluent limits and does not violate water quality standards, consistent with the Department of Environmental Protection's technical guidance document ''Evaluating Postmining Discharges.'' Another site, the Frank Kowalski # 1 Strip (Permit No. 65703058) is being removed from the list of ABS legacy sites because there is no longer any post-mining discharge from the mine.

Potential ABS Legacy Sites

 The following sites are being removed from the list of potential ABS legacy sites:

Permit Number Mine Operator Site Name
32823005 Blairsville Associates Eagle Strip and Auger
56813050 Shade Mining Co. Shade 3 Mine
56890102 Svonavec, Inc. Ohler Strip
56960106 Rosebud Mining Co. Horner
56880103 Rosebud Mining Co. Jopa 1
56860104 Rosebud Mining Co. Schrock Strip
56950101 Rosebud Mining Co. Poorbaugh Strip
56950105 Marquise Mining Corp. MF Land

 The Blairsville Associates (Eagle) has a full-cost bond posted to financially assure the treatment costs. Shade Mining (Shade 3) has been fully-funded through an additional payment into the trust associated with the site. The Svonavec (Ohler) trust has been fully-funded through the final payment to the trust.

 The Rosebud (Horner and Jopa 1) sites each have a full-cost bond posted. Two other Rosebud sites (Schrock and Poorbaugh) are associated with a trust that has been fully-funded. Also, in June 2018, the Marquise (MF Land) trust became fully-funded.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-1409. Filed for public inspection September 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]

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