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Possible Coal Mine Raising Environmental Concerns



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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Panguitch residents are worried about a proposed coal mine that could bring big trucks rumbling through their little town up to 300 times a day.

The Coal Hollow Project near Alton could bring 160 jobs to the area and produce about two million tons of coal annually.

But getting the coal to market means bringing 42-ton trucks through Panguitch every 4.8 minutes, 312 days a year.

Residents say local historic homes and buildings could be damaged by the truck traffic.

The project has left city officials torn between resident concerns and economic development.

Alton Coal Development has applied for a lease on 3,500 acres of federal land and is waiting for approval from the Bureau of Land Management. The company wants to being mining in 2008.

The BLM says an environmental impact study of the project is under way.

Information from: The Spectrum,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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