Assistant Secretary of the Interior Janice Schneider has approved the mining plan for an expansion of the Colowyo Coal Mine in Craig, CO.
The Assistant Secretary's approval is supported by an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of NoSignificant Impact (FONSI) prepared by the Western Regional office ofInterior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, as well as a Biological Opinion (Appendix D in the EA) prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Assistant Secretary Schneider concurred with the FONSI, and subsequently approved the mining plan, which will allow the mine to continue operation in a manner consistent with Federal and state requirements.
An update will be provided to the court letting them know OSMRE has completed an environmental assessment and issuance of the finding of no significant impact, and the approval of a mining plan modification.
We do not know if or when the court will take further action. Completion of the EA, finding of no significant impact, and approval of revised mining plan modification have satisfied the court's May 8, 2015 order.
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