The other OSM reports found numerous problems with permit applications from Fola Coal Co., Alex Energy Inc., Elk Run Coal Co., Marrowbone Development and Appalachian Mining.
In one case, the Alex Energy application, DEP did not prepare a report on the mine's cumulative hydrologic impacts because the company did not provide enough information to allow such a report to be prepared.
The Alex Energy report also states that the company has not shown that flat or gently rolling terrain created by mountaintop removal is necessary for the proposed post-mining land use of commercial woodlands.
"The permit application should include a realistic and comprehensive forest management plan which takes into account data and projections on the expected need and market for the woodland products to be grown," the OSM report says.
"Plans should be provided for planting, maintenance, harvesting of the woodland products, and management beyond to demonstrate a commercial operation with sustainable yields of woodland products can be achieved."
OSM staffers are reviewing state mining permit applications because of complaints that the DEP Office of Mining and Reclamation issues permits that don't comply with state and federal mining laws.
But last month, OSM Director Kathy Karpan said the agency would no longer prepare written reports about its permit reviews.
The decision was made after the Gazette published stories about two OSM permit reports that indicated state applications were full of problems.
Last week, Karpan submitted to Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., the second monthly report on mining permit activity in West Virginia.
The report showed that no new mines were approved during May.
To contact staff writer Ken Ward Jr., call 348-1702.