To: Permit Supervisor 1101 Kostas Drive Logan, WV 25601 Re: Permit S-5081-87 Mingo Logan Coal Company Dear Sir

or Ma’am, I am writing in regards to my concerns about the addition of 109.5 acres to the Left Fork permit. This will further encroach against the Blair Mountain Battlefield and the Area of Potential Effects. This addition will contribute to further cumulative impacts of surface mines in the area, all of which combined should be taken into consideration in deciding the issuance of this permit. Peer-reviewed science has shown that surface mining is linked to a number of health risks, and the discharge of this surface mine into the Spruce Fork of the Little Coal River will add contaminants to an already highly polluted watershed. This permit has been cited for numerous violations including surface water violations that resulted in contamination of local streams, failures to adequately construct drainage and sediment ponds on the facility, and air quality violations that resulted in excessive release of airborne particulates during blasting. There violations show a pattern of neglect that place local communities in immediate harm. In addition, no substantial archaeological work has been done in the permit area, and because of the extreme national importance of the Blair battlefield, proper investigations should be undertaken. Even with investigations, the topography of the battlefield and surrounding areas is an artifact in itself since it is integral to understanding the dynamics of the battle. The area should remain undisturbed from surface mining. Furthermore, issuing this permit would disregard the strong objections provided to the WV DEP by the WV State Historic Preservation Office. In the end, I respectfully ask that this permit be denied for the above stated reasons.

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