The public can weigh in on a draft water discharge permit for the proposed “Bulldog Mine” in eastern Illinois during a Wednesday evening hearing hosted by the state’s Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Indiana-based Sunrise Coal is proposing to create a controversial underground coal mine, to be located in Vermilion County, and wants a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDES) permit. Under the permit, the company could discharge alkaline mine drainage into a stream connected to the Olive Branch waterbody.
The agency said in its hearing notice that it has “made a tentative determination” to grant the permit to Sunrise.
The company says its “Bulldog Mine” would create 300 higher-paying jobs.
Environmentalists and a number of residents, however, have voiced concerns over the proposed mine, citing potential negative impacts to the area’s water, land and air.
The IEPA’s public hearing takes place Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Salt Fork Junior High School, located in Sidell at 7087 N. 600 E. Road. Written public comments about the proposed water discharge permit can be sent to the IEAP until September 11.