Company proposing non-coal underground mine in Deemstom

The state Department of Environmental Protection is holding a public information meeting tonight to answer questions and provide information on the proposed Maggie Lynn underground mine in the Mon Valley.

Neiswonger Construction, Inc. is proposing the non-coal, underground mine in Deemston Borough and has applied for a mining permit and water discharge permit from DEP.

The 336.7-acre mine is proposed to be located along both sides of Morey Road south of Buckingham Road, north of Pump Station Road, and north and east of Arnold Road.

If approved by DEP, the proposed Maggie Lynn Underground Mine permit would include and replace the existing Maggie Lynn Quarry surface mining permit and its associated individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, which were originally issued in October 2012. Neiswonger Construction, Inc. is proposing to discharge treated water after settling of the sediment into Tenmile Creek. The creek is classified as a trout-stocked fishery within the Monongahela River Watershed.

The proposed location of this mine is within a half-mile of East Bethlehem Township, which is an environmental justice area. When this type of permit is submitted for an EJ area, DEP engages in enhanced public outreach, including having additional environmental justice staff on site to meet with stakeholders and residents.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Deemston Borough Municipal Building at 1622 Morey Road.

Representatives from DEP will present information on the proposed activity and answer questions. DEP staff will also explain the permit application review process. DEP is currently reviewing the application to determine if the proposed activity complies with state laws and regulations applicable to non-coal underground mining.

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