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Ohio EPA Terminates Permit For Proposed Mine In Perry State Forest

Perry State Forest in southeast Ohio could be the site of a proposed strip mine, unless residents succeed in opposing the proposal.
Paige Pfleger
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WOSU
Perry State Forest in southeast Ohio could be the site of a proposed strip mine, unless residents succeed in opposing the proposal.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced it will cancel a wastewater discharge permit for a proposed coal mine in the Perry State Forest. 

The Ohio EPA said Thursday that CCU Coal and Construction's wastewater discharge permit was terminated at the company's request, effective April 1.

This calls into question the company's plans to place a mine on 500 acres of the Perry State Forest in eastern Ohio's Perry County. That land was already clear-cut to make way for the project. 

CCU Coal and Construction did not immediately respond to WOSU's request for comment. 

Residents have been fighting to block the mine for about a year now, citing environmental and health concerns. Many nearby residents rely on well water.