Stand UpÂ ToÂ CoalÂ becameÂ aware that IDNR issued permit #429 for the Bulldog coal mine on Friday, April 5th.Â While we believe this is unfortunate, it is not entirely unexpected news.
We expect the revised permit to have many significant changes to respond to theÂ modification letterÂ issued to Sunrise CoalÂ by Illinois Department of Nature ResourcesÂ back in March 2015, which required 62 points of revision from the original permit.Â These changes are in part due to many public comments received during the public hearing and comment period.
Stand UpÂ ToÂ CoalÂ remainsÂ concerned about the potential impacts this coal mine could have on water supplies, agricultural land, air quality and the long-termÂ effectsÂ on our rural community. Therefore,Â SUTC will be filing as a petitioner for an administrative review of the permit, which is the last step before the permit is officially issued. The administrative reviewÂ will require technical and legal expertise to review and contest the issued permit, which is over two thousand pages long. The purpose of an administrative review is to ensureÂ thatÂ theÂ revised permit meets the letter of the law regardingÂ allÂ coal regulations.
Due to the technical and legal expertise needed to successfully file a petition for administrative review, Stand Up To Coal will be accepting financial support from anyone wanting to help us through this phase. IfÂ you’re interestedÂ in donating, please click the DonateÂ button on theÂ upperÂ right of the page, or consider membership.
Please continue to check this website for updates on this issue.