Operations will be conducted with proven Contemporaneous Reclamation practices which means coal will be removed from an area (about 250 acres each year), and following removal of the coal, the reclamation process for that area will begin with pit backfill.
Backfill procedures include placing finer materials and clays first followed by gravels and topsoil. The clays create a layer capable of supporting near surface ground water flows and streams.
Early in the life of the mine, the acres under reclamation will exceed the acres being mined.
Streams and riparian zones will be constructed in near original locations with existing materials.
Uplands will be reclaimed in consultation with the landowner, the Mental Health Trust Land Office.