Archive for December 19th, 2019

Originally published in The Seattle Times, December 19, 1982

Comments will be taken until December 24 on the draft environmental-impact statement on rezoning 402 acres in and next to the town of Black Diamond, proposed for a surface coal mine.

The John Henry No.1 Mine would be developed on a 500-acre site over a period of at least 17 years, with the two pits reaching depths of 265 feet. Waste would be stockpiled and returned to the pits, and there are plans for surface reclamation.

The mine is the project of Pacific Coast Coal Co. The site is northeast of the city, between the city’s northwest corner and Lake 12. It includes Mud Lake, the site of one pit, and Ginder Lake, which would not be involved. Plans also call for construction of processing and other facilities at the mine.

Copies of the statement are in Seattle, Black Diamond, Kent, Maple Valley, Muckleshoot and other libraries. Comments should be made to the King County Building and Land Development Division.

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