- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

FAIRMONT, Ill. (AP) - Opponents of a planned coal mine in eastern Illinois are beginning their push for public hearings now that the company has submitted a permit application.

Terre Haute, Indiana-based Sunrise Coal wants to set up a mining operation roughly between the small villages of Fairmont and Homer, about 15 miles southeast of Champaign.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the company submitted a final permit application for formal review by the state on July 29.

Jonathan Ashbrook is a member of the activist group Stand Up to Coal. He tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/YhfH9o ) that public input will likely focus on concerns over mine discharge points leading to the Salt Fork River.

The newspaper reports that Sunrise officials did not return calls seeking comment.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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