Feds: Risks Remain At Some W.Va. Coal Slurry Ponds
Under current rules, the state takes no special precautions when new mining begins near a capped site.
The report also found that DEP inspectors often lack knowledge of the details for impoundment closure plans and that DEP files often lack records critical to determining whether an impoundment is compliant.
Jim Pierce, a senior engineer in DEP's mining division, said the state has been revising its rules since 2003 and will adopt the federal recommendations.
"We're going to embrace those and carry those out," he said.That includes requiring more detailed, engineer-certified evaluations from companies and applying the most conservative approach to the safety zones around both the impoundment basins and embankments.
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