As it has been reported, MS Industries II, LLC has filed for a surface mining permit for non-bituminous materials.
This surface mining permit will allow the company to mine a variety of substances on a particular tract of land in Lawrence County, described as the Masterson tract.
Before they can begin mining, however, the company must also obtain a NPDES permit from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).
Specifically, ADEM describes this as:
Specifically: for an initial issuance of a permit that limits discharges of treated drainage from a dry preparation crushed stone and bauxitic clay mine and associated areas, discharging to unnamed tributaries to Hogwood Branch, classified as Fish and Wildlife, in the Tennessee River Basin.
We are currently in the public commenting period for the NPDES permit that is proposed to be issued to MS Industries II, LLC for mining the Masterson tract. All comments must be filed by March 13, 2015. Details on how to comment on the pending application are available in this post.
A NPDES permit is one that allows a company to discharge substances into waters. NPDES is the acronym for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, established by the EPA under the Clean Water Act.
In Alabama, ADEM is the administrative agency that regulates the NPDES system. Last year, I wrote a detailed post explaining the environmental regulatory structure in Alabama.
The MS Industries II, LLC pending NPDES permit can be viewed online at the ADEM website. Charles Rose, president of the Shoals Environmental Alliance, Inc. wrote these instructions for finding the permit application, which I’ve included here:
- Go to this website: http://adem.state.al.us
- Click the Notices and Events tab (left menu)
- Then click the Public Notices and Permits Tab.
- Scroll down to the Water Program section of the page that opens.
- Click on the NPDES link for February 11, 2015.
- Scroll down to Lawrence County: MS Industries II, LLC – Masterson Site
- Click on the NPDES Permit No. AL0082759
All comments on this application must be filed by March 13, 2015.