The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public input on potential impacts of allowing the expansion of the mining of TVA-owned coal reserves in Illinois.
The proposed expansion by Sugar Camp Energy, LLC would include just over 12,000 acres of TVA-owned coal reserves at Sugar Camp Mine No. 1, in Hamilton and Franklin Counties in Illinois. TVA does not purchase any coal from Sugar Camp, but receives royalty payments from the coal extracted in current mining operations.
TVA intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to consider the potential impacts of various alternatives. The first step in that process is to request public input on any other potential alternatives that should be considered in the EIS. Current alternatives are to approve Sugar Camp’s application for mining the additional reserves, or to take no action. Documents related to this scoping activity can be found online at www.tva.com/nepa.
The proposal is to allow underground mining of the coal reserves, which would include installation of ventilation shafts, resulting in both underground and surface impacts. The EIS will consider those impacts, as well as safety concerns, and potential socioeconomic and environmental justice issues.
Comments on the potential scope of the EIS must be received by Sept. 12 and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Elizabeth Smith, NEPA Specialist, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B-L, Knoxville, TN 37902. All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the project administrative record and will be available for public inspection.