Calls to the IDNR spokesman in Springfield to determine the status and progress of the Sunshine Coal mine application were not returned last week. Jaworowski confirmed that as of last week there had been no formal review of the permit by state officials.
The number of land agreements with Vermilion County residents is indicative of local support for the mine, according to Sunrise Coal.
“I think that we have over 100 land owners willing to lease their mineral rights to us, which shows good support in the area,” Jaworowski said prior to the Homer Village Board’s vote. “Our supporters aren’t as vocal as the opponents.”
According to Sunrise Coal, the mine is expected to add 300 new jobs to the county. Jaworowski added the company is working with Danville Area Community College to put a training program in place to build a work force from local labor.