Activists angry over downstate coal mine reclamation
Associated Press May 25, 2013 12:20PM
Updated: May 25, 2013 6:06PM
MURDOCK, Ill.— Activists upset with the pace of reclamation at an eastern Illinois coal mine are pressing the Department of Natural Resources to block the site’s owner from extending its reclamation permit for another five years.
The Murdock Mine hasn’t operated for 25 years, and the law requires the site be returned to a natural state. But residents say that process has been too slow. The state has also taken up complaints accusing the owner, Alpena Vision Resources, of generating pollution in the process.
An environmental group called the Prairie Rivers Network wants to block Alpena’s application for a permit extension. The activists cite questions over the company’s compliance with reclamation standards as well as the pollution complaints.