- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

GRANTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of the Environment is giving tentative approval to a permit that would enable expansion of the Casselman Coal Mine near Grantsville.

Documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that the agency made a tentative determination in June to approve a request by owner Corsa Coal Corp. of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, to vastly increase the amount of treated water discharged from the mine into the Casselman River.

The maximum permitted discharge would rise from 290,000 gallons per day to 2.2 million gallons per day, the anticipated flow rate for the life of the mining project.

The agency says it will hold a public meeting on the application if it receives a written request by July 27.

Written comments on the tentative determination will be accepted through Aug. 8.

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