Utah coal mine plan draws official support

Utah coal mine plan draws official support

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PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) -- A Garfield County official and the city manager in Panguitch say they're among supporters of a 244-acre coal mine being proposed in the mountains of southern Utah.

Garfield County Commissioner Maloy Dodds told an audience at a Wednesday public hearing that he expects the Alton Coal Co. project will create less dust than a farmer plowing a field.

Panguitch City Manager Allen Henrie says the mine would bring needed jobs to the area.

The Utah Divison of Oil, Gas and Mining has approved the Coal Hollow surface mine.

Plans call for 30 pits to be dug, with each exposed pit covered and re-seeded as a new one is opened.

The state Division of Air Quality is taking comments through Oct. 14 before issuing a decision later this year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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