New Surface Coal Mining Permits Effective Today

A new permit that will change the way the federal government deals with some surface coal mining permits goes into effect today. The new permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers has more stringent standards to protect the environment. When coal operators want a permit for a surface mine, they have two choices. They […]

Judge Ruling in EPA Lawsuit May Have Few Practical Implications

A judge has ruled with the coal industry in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s a victory for the industry, but the decision could have little practical meaning for Kentucky’s coal mines. The judge ruled the EPA overstepped its authority when it instituted an “Enhanced Coordination Procedure” in 2009 to evaluate permits for […]

Judge Rules in Favor of Coal Industry in Lawsuit Over Mine Permits

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the coal industry in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. The National Mining Association sued the agency, questioning its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act to review permits for mountaintop removal mines. Luke Popovich is the spokesman for the NMA. “We’re encouraged and we really think […]

Oil Strike Won’t Delay Wolf Creek Dam Repairs

Officials say another discovery of crude oil under southern Kentucky’s Wolf Creek Dam will not delay the long-term plan to fix leaks in the dam. The oil was found in a core sample taken from the earthen dam last week. The Army Corps of Engineers is in the midst of a project launched in 2006 […]

Repair Work Resumes On Section Of Wolf Creek Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed rehabilitation work on an area of Wolf Creek Dam in southern Kentucky that was halted as a precaution last year. The work was stopped after monitors reported increased pressure near what’s called Critical Area 1, where an earthen embankment wraps around a concrete section of the dam. […]