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Zoning Board Hearing Planned for Prairie State Development Project Set for Feb. 27

The Washington County Zoning Board will have a hearing Thursday, February  27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Court House to consider a special use permit requested by Prairie State Generating Company.
Prairie States plans to build above ground support facilities and structures related to its underground coal mining operation in Lively Grove Township.
The proposed development is on a forty acre tract on County Highway 12, 9/10 mile south of State Route 15. It is northeast of the PSGC Training facility (the former Johannisburg Grade School.)
At an open house at the Prairie State corporate office January 27  project manager Rich Meyer explained the project.  Proposed are a small office, locker/shower building, hoist building, ventilation shaft, and parking lot.
Additional ventilation is needed due to new safety regulations. The hoist would transport miners more efficiently to coal reserves in that area.
At the Open House Meyer explained the steps that will be taken to minimize truck traffic, noise, lighting, and visibility to reduce the impact on the neighboring property owners.
The Public Hearing will be the only opportunity for people to be heard for or against the PSGC proposal.
Prairie States needs the approval of the County Zoning Board, County Board and Illinois Department of Natural Resources to proceed.

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