Environmentalists: The mine expansion would be "adjacent" to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Alton Coal: Existing mine and proposed leases are about 10 miles from the southwest corner of the park and 25 miles from Bryce Amphitheater.
Environmentalists: Truck traffic from the expansion will jar historic buildings in Panguitch on U.S. 89 and hurt tourism.
Alton Coal: U.S. 89 is a four-lane highway with all types of commercial traffic, including semi-trailer trucks from Walmart's regional distribution center to the south. "Little, if anything" will change on the highway that cuts through the middle of Panguitch and other smaller towns when the coal mine's trucks join existing traffic.
Environmentalists: Mining operations will result in light pollution and harm the night-time views at Bryce Canyon National Park and potentially impact Zion National Park
Alton Coal, BLM: Independent studies found lightscape impacts to national parks will be negligible to minor. The intervening terrain blocks much light that would otherwise be a substantial problem for Bryce and Zion national parks. Predicted light glow would be less than that produced by several small towns in the area
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