Application for Bond Reduction - Red River Coal Company - PUBLICATION NUMBER: 23JKC808

August 31, 2023


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. 1100605 located, in Wise County approximately nine miles north of Norton, west of Route 620 on Critical Fork and Roberts Branch. Pursuant to Section 4 VAC 25-130-800.40 and 4 VAC 25-130-801.17 of the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Regulations. Red River Coal Company, Inc. is applying for Phase III bond release on Increment 3 on Permit Number 1100605 which is located on the Flat Gap, VA-KY USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle map.

This permit consists of 34.53 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 reduction of $0.00 on increment Number 3 containing 27.46 acres.

This bond reduction request is based on completion of backfilling & regrading on Increment 3 containing 27.46 acres completed in 2010 - for Phase III bond release. The post-mining land use of unmanaged forest has been established through 13 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 22, 2023 submit written comments or objections concerning this bond reduction, and may also request, in writing, that Mined Land Repurposing hold an Informal Conference concerning this application. A copy of the application material is available electronically for public inspection at the Mined Land Repurposing office in Big Stone Gap, Virginia or online at

All correspondence should be submitted to the Mined Land Repurposing (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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