"This EIAS will evaluate significant environmental impacts associated with these operations on water quality, streams, aquatic and terrestrial habitat, habitat fragmentation, the hydrological balance, and other individual and cumulative effects. Federal and state agencies are increasingly concerned over the lack of comprehensive data regarding valley fill operations, and have initiated a number of studies to address these data gaps."
In a news release, DEP lawyer Russ Hunter said, "The DEP is encouraged by the agreement of all the agencies to proceed with describing and quantifying environmental impacts related to valley fills and associated mining practices."
The hearings will be held:
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nicholas County Veterans' Memorial Park in Summersville.
From 2 to 4 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the rotunda of Riggleman Hall at the University of Charleston.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Chief Logan State Park in Logan.
Written comments will be accepted through March 31. They should be sent to William Hoffman, EPA, 3ES30, 1650 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029, or by e-mail to hoffman.will...@epamail.epa.gov.
For more information, call Hoffman at (215) 814-2995.