Strip Mine Permit Approved in Wise County

Recently the State Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has approved a new Strip Mine Permit in nearby Wise County. The JW Construction Company was the recepient of the permit for the Turkey Branch Surface Mine. This operation is a re-mining of land that had previously been 'stripped' in the early 1970's before the passage of the Federal Surface Mining and Reclamation Act went into effect in 1977. The permitted site just over 108 acres.
The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 the SMCRA is the primary federal law which regulates the environmental effects of coal mining in the United States. SMCRA created one program for regulating active coal mines and a second program for reclaiming abandoned mine lands.

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