CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have issued a permit for a surface mining operation located near Kanawha State Forest.
The state Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Mining and Reclamation issued the permit Thursday to Keystone Industries.
The permit is for a surface mining operation on a nearly 414-acre tract of land.
Officials say the permit that was originally submitted in 2009 has been subject to many changes aimed at minimizing any potential adverse impact to the forest.
Keystone Industries has agreed not to use state forest roads for access, coal hauling or other mining-related activity. The company also will pay the state a compensatory mitigation of 10 cents per ton for coal mined through this permit, which is estimated to total seven million tons.