MINE PROJECT PLANNEDadmin
E.P. Bender Coal Co. hopes to begin next month a five-year project to clean out an abandoned Cresson Township mine.
The state’s Department of Environmental Protection has issued an operating permit for the 198-acre Lilly Mine 3A, says Tom Rathbun, a department spokesman. Bender plans to cover its clean-up costs with coal taken from the abandoned mine.
Rathbun says Bender will essentially be finishing up a job that was begun years ago, and at no cost to taxpayers. The state estimates the value of the project at $650,000, Rathbun says.
The work will include reclaiming waste-coal piles that have been in the mine since it was last operated 50 years ago.