National Coal Deep Mine No. 14
Campbell County, Tennessee
TVA adopted an Office of Surface Mining (OSM) Environmental Assessment (EA) and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on April 17, 2006, for National Coal Corporation’s Deep Mine No. 14, OSM Permit No. TN-019, TVA Tract No. XEKCR 43.
In January 2005, National Coal Corporation applied for a permit to mine two million tons of underground coal on Cross Mountain in the Koppers Coal Reserve over a period of eight years. The mine permit area is 22 acres in the New River watershed at an approximate elevation of 2,400 feet, and is drained locally by North Fork, a tributary of Montgomery Fork. This coal was leased from TVA in 2001 prior to the start of the Koppers Coal Reserve Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement and is grandfathered under all alternatives being considered.
TVA participated in a review of the mine permit application and OSM’s EA. The mine entrance is on an abandoned mine bench, and beneficial effects on water quality are anticipated from implementation of the reclamation plan. TVA concurred with OSM’s finding that although some temporary and permanent impacts to resources would occur as a result of issuance of the proposed permit, these impacts would be mitigated by the implementation of the proposed mining and reclamation plan. Therefore, TVA concluded that National Coal’s proposed mining plan would not have a significant impact of the environment.
A copy of the TVA Final EA Adoption, FONSI, and accompanying OSM Decision document can be provided upon request via mail, e-mail, or phone to:
Ruth M. Horton
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 W. Summit Hill Dr., WT 9B-K
Knoxville, TN 37902