HOMER -- A coal company wants to put a mine in Vermilion and Champaign counties. Wednesday night, neighbors met to discuss how to stop them.
Sunrise Coal has finished the application process with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Before the company can build a mine, the state has to grant a permit. The people who gathered want to make sure their voices are heard first.
Those people have to request an informal, then formal hearing from IDNR. People who don't want a mine built here will be able to bring up their concerns then. After that, the state will make its decision.
People at the meeting say they're mostly concerned about all the environmental impacts a coal mine will have. The underground mine would reach between Champaign and Vermilion counties.
Sunrise Coal says it has the mineral rights from more than 100 landowners. The company responded to concerns by saying coal is highly regulated on state and federal levels.
They say the water is on a closed-loop system to prevent it from contaminating other sources. They say the site would add 300 new jobs to the area.
Sunrise Coal expects IDNR will have public meetings within the next couple months. They say they can't guess when a permit could be granted, therefore, they don't know when operations could begin.
HOMER -- An Indiana company is looking to put a coal mine southeast of Homer. Those against the move are holding a meeting Wednesday night. Sunrise Coal, of Terre Haute, has applied for a permit to place the underground mine in western Vermilion and a portion of Champaign counties. The state has not made a decision concerning the application. The meeting starts at 7 pm, at the Homer Town Hall.
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