Application for Bond Reduction - Paramont Contura, LLC - Publication #24JLM09

April 23, 2024

PUBLIC NOTICE

Application for

Bond Reduction

Under Chapter 19, Title 45.1

Code of Virginia

Publication

#24JLM09

Application No.

1011593

Paramont Contura, LLC, 5703 Crutchfield Drive, Norton, Virginia 24273 is applying to the Virginia Division of Mined Land Reclamation (VDMLR) for a Phase II bond reduction on Increments 9, 10, 11 and a Phase III on Increment #8 for Permit No. 1102158 at the following location: Buchanan and Dickenson Counties, 0.25 miles south of Cane Creek. This permit consists of 2,544.13 acres bonded under Pool Bond. The Phase III bond reduction will reduce the total permit acres bonded to 2,128.20 acres. As provided by 4 VAC 25-130-800.40 of the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations, the Applicant is requesting that the current total bond amount of $6,016,500 in the form of insurance surety posted for Phase II and III will be reduced by $436,100.00.

This bond reduction request is based on the following Phase I (backfilling and regrading completed) and Phase II (9 years of growing seasons) reclamation:

1. Types of Reclamation Work Performed - the areas proposed for bond release/ reduction have been reclaimed, revegetated, and the post-mining land uses have been achieved.

2. Appropriate Date(s) of Reclamation Work Performed - the reclamation work was completed August 2011 (Phase III) and August 2018(Phase II).

3. Description of Reclamation Results Achieved Results Achieved - Seeded.

4. Description of the Post-Mining Land Use - Unmanaged Forest/Undeveloped Land and Industrial - Gas well(s)/Pipeline(s).

Any person with a valid legal interest which might be adversely affected by this proposal, or an officer or head of any federal, state or local government agency or authority, may within 30 days of May 22, 2024 submit written comments or objections concerning this application and may also request, in writing, that the Mined Land Repurposing Program hold an Informal Conference concerning this application. A copy of the application materials is available electronically for public inspection at

https://www.energy.virginia.gov/epinquiry/frmMain.aspx

All correspondence concerning this application should be submitted to the Division of Mined Land Reclamation (Attention: Permit Section), 3405 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219. Telephone (276) 523-8160. Written comments and a request for informal conference may be e-mailed to the Division at

DmlrPublicNotice@dmme.virginia.gov.Paramont Contura, LLC

Applicant

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