Pacific Coast Coal Company (PCCC) is a mining operation, on privately owned land, that mined coal from the 1980s to the late 1990s. The site and its operations are regulated by several agencies, including:
- U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE): Authorization to mine, post-mining land reclamation.
- Washington State Department of Ecology: water quality permit.
- King County: grading permit.
OSMRE, which refers to PCCC’s site as the John Henry No. 1 Mine, is the primary licensing agency for coal mines. PCCC has applied to OSMRE for authorization to resume coal mining, and that agency issued an approval on April 18, 2018.
Coal mines are required to have water quality permits called National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for stormwater and/or wastewater discharges; An NPDES permit does not determine whether mining can occur. We issue and oversee compliance with NPDES permits in Washington. PCCC submitted a permit renewal application in January, 2018.