IDNR is accepting public comment on planned mine reclamation projects
Several abandoned mine lands reclamation projects have been selected for work through the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment on these projects through April 30.
The Abandoned Mine Land program addresses serious environmental and safety problems at coal and non-coal mines that were abandoned prior to August 3, 1977.
IDNR’s Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Division was awarded $75.7 million for land and water reclamation work at 55 abandoned mine sites throughout Illinois during the first year of the grant.
Nine of the sites are in southern Illinois including:
Prosperity Strip Mine Revision – Reclamation of spoil area, industrial or residential water problems, or dangerous piles; embankments or dangerous highwall. This work will correct problems with the vertical opening and prevent human hazards with the site.
Delta North Phase IV – Reclamation of water problems, spoil area, pits, haul road, and hazardous water body to correct acid mine drainage.
Delta Shady Rest – Reclamation of dangerous highwalls of 5,000 and 7,000 feet.
Peabody Will Scarlet Pit 7 and 8 – Reclamation of gob material to prevent clogged drainage and possible fires from exposed materials.
Thurmond Coal Co. Colbert Mine – Reclamation to correct 1,000 feet of highwall.
Jones Cemetery Highwall – Reclamation of dangerous piles or embankments and dangerous highwall due to proximity to a church.
Diversified Minerals Inc. – Correction of a 4,000-foot-long, 10-foot average height longwall to prevent possible accidents.
Coconut Road Bridge (Burning Star No. 2) – Correct dangerous slopes to protect passing motorists.
Eagle Strip Area 2 – Correct dangerous piles or embankments, highwall, haul road, spoil
area and pits to address human exposure and reduce possible injuries.