Application for Bond Reduction - Red River Coal Company PUBLICATION NUMBER: 21JKC0810

August 26, 2021


Application for

Bond Reduction

Under Chapter 19, Title 45.1

Code of Virginia



Red River Coal Company, Inc. is applying for bond reduction on Permit No. 1100735 located in Wise County, Virginia on Divide Ridge between Critical Fork and Powell River approximately nine miles north of Norton, off Route 620. The permit area is located on the Flat Gap, VA-KY USGS 7.5-minute quadrangle map. This permit consists of 22.14 acres which are bonded under the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Fund (Pool Bond) for $100,000.00 in the form of insurance surety. As provided by 4VAC25-130-800.40 of the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations, the Applicant is requesting a Phase III bond release of $100,000.00 on increment number(s) 1 and 2 consisting of 22.14 acres.

This bond reduction request is based on completion of backfilling, regrading, seeding and trees planted on Increments 1 and 2 of 22.14 acres completed in 2015 for Phase III bond release. The post-mining land use of unmanaged forest has been established through 5 growing seasons as confirmed by a vegetative study.

Any person with a valid legal interest which might be adversely affected by this proposal, or an officer or head of any federal, state or local government agency or authority, may within 30 days of September 17, 2021 submit written comments or objections concerning this bond reduction, and may also request, in writing, that the Division of Mined Land Reclamation hold an Informal Conference concerning this application. A copy of the application material is available electronically for public inspection at


All correspondence should be submitted to the Division of Mined Land Reclamation (Attention: Permit Section), 3405 Mountain Empire Rd., Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 24219. Telephone (276) 523-8160. Written comments and a request for informal conference may be e-mailed to the Division at


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