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Comment Period on Spruce No. 1 Mine Extended to June 4, 2010

Release Date: 05/27/2010
Contact Information: Donna Heron 215-814-5113 /

PHILADELPHIA (May 27, 2010) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is extending the deadline for public comment on its proposal under the Clean Water Act to significantly restrict or prohibit mountain top mining at the Spruce No. 1 surface mine in Logan County, W. Va. The comment period will be extended from June 1, 2010, to June 4, 2010, because a government website being used to submit comments will be out-of-service from May 29 until May 31, 2010.

The federal eRulemaking Portal (, the recommended method of comment submission, will undergo a scheduled maintenance outage and will be unavailable from Saturday, May 29, 2010, from 12 a.m. until Monday, May 31, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time. On June 1, 2010 at 12 a.m.,this website will again be available to accept public comment on Docket ID No. EPA-R03-OW-2009-0985 until June 4, 2010.

Written comments can also be submitted until June 4 on the Spruce No. 1 Mine Proposed Determination, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R03-OW-2009-0985, by one of the following three methods:

1. E-mail: Include the docket number, EPA-R03-OW-2009-0985, in the subject line of the message.

2. Mail: "EPA-R03-OW-2009-0985, Spruce No. 1 Surface Mine,"
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Docket Center Water Docket, Mail Code 28221T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

3. Hand Delivery or Courier:
Director, Office of Environmental Programs
Environmental Assessment and Innovation Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (3EA30)
1650 Arch Street,
Philadelphia, PA19103

Such deliveries are only accepted during the Regional Office’s normal hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays.