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February 17, 2013

Coal company determined to dig in

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HOMER —

The operations center is located on the north and south sides of County Road 800N between County Roads 100E and 200E.

Sunrise has been collecting leases for property since 2009 and holds as much as 19,000 acres of land — the vast majority of which falls in southwest Vermilion County.

According to Vermilion County Recorder’s Office records, Sunrise Coal LLC owns about 100 parcels of land in the southwest area of the county. Of those, 80 are in the townships in or immediately surrounding the Bulldog Mine area — Vance, Jamaica and Sidell — and are listed for undeveloped coal rights.

Another 17 parcels — also indicated in records as undeveloped coal rights — are located in Oakwood and Carroll townships.

The Homer decision adds a hurdle for Sunrise, which is still awaiting review of the application it submitted last year to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Mines and Minerals.

Jaworowski said the application will need to be deemed complete before Sunrise Coal can move forward with plans for the Bulldog Mine.

Chris McCloud, communications director for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said the permit application is undergoing a completeness review that confirms the application is administratively complete before moving on to a full review by state officials.

McCloud said a public review process would take place after the completeness review, allowing residents to look over the application and offer comments regarding the mine. The state then considers any comments, McCloud said, when making its final permit application review.

McCloud was not immediately sure if the loss of the agreement with the village of Homer would affect the completeness review. He theorized such a plan would have to be confirmed with the permit application before it undergoes a formal state review.

There was no timeframe as to when the completeness review would be complete.

Jaworowski said that Sunrise Coal expects the state permit to be approved by late this year.

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