Standard Process Review Continues for State Permitting of Proposed Coal Mine

Standard to all Wyoming state mining permits, and part of the formal review process, is a series of requests by regulators for additional information from the applicant.

As part of Brook Mine's permit application for a small mining operation outside Sheridan, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality ("DEQ") on January 17th requested additional technical information from Ramaco Carbon, the applicant.

The DEQ request focuses on the same environmental safeguards that Ramaco is equally committed to as well. In response to the DEQ request, Jeff Barron of WWC Engineering — who has led work on the permit revisions for Ramaco Carbon — expressed support for the DEQ's areas of focus.

"We're pleased that the DEQ has advanced the permit process by providing these requests, which we believe puts us almost at the end of the overall permit process," said Barron. "Once we respond shortly, our additional information will further demonstrate the strength of the environmental safeguards planned for this very small mine."

"The clarifying information the DEQ has requested focuses on subjects such as hydrology and alluvial areas, which we have already been gathering additional data around. We continue to be appreciative of the professional work being done at the DEQ, " said Barron. "We look forward to working with the DEQ's staff to ensure this permit goes above and beyond in protecting the area's environment and quality of life."

Ramaco Carbon expects to respond to the DEQ's request in approximately one month. The DEQ is then expected to formally comment on the permit application in March, which will begin a period of public comment on the proposed permit.

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