In August 2014, Sunrise Coal submitted their SMCRA permit application to IDNR for the proposed Bulldog Mine in Vermilion County. Â The following March (2015), IDNR responded back to Sunrise Coal requesting answers to 62 questions regarding the permit. Â IDNR gave Sunrise Coal one year to respond.
In March 2016, Sunrise Coal requested another year to answer these questions. Â IDNR quietly granted the request. Â Little was heard from either party during this time. Â FOIA requests have uncovered some communications, and a partial draft of the revised permit.
In March 2017, Sunrise Coal requested yet another extension, for 6 months this time. Â IDNR granted this request as well. Â Hopefully, Sunrise Coal will have a final permit application complete for submission by September.
The Illinois statutes do not allow for any further public forums, hearings, or comment periods on the modified permit.