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New Surface Coal Mining Permits Effective Today

by Erica Peterson on March 19, 2012

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 can try to get a so-called “Nationwide Permit” from the Army Corps of Engineers, or they can go through a more rigorous process and get an individual permit, which involves both the Army Corps and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Nationwide Permits were ostensibly created for mines that will have minimal impact. Environmental groups often call them “rubber stamps,” suggesting the permits don’t get a sufficient level of scrutiny. The Army Corps disagrees with that characterization.

Jim Townsend is the chief of the Army Corps’ regulatory branch in Louisville. He says the Corps is changing the permit’s restrictions because of the cumulative effects of mining in some regions. [click to continue…]

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Judge Ruling in EPA Lawsuit May Have Few Practical Implications

by Erica Peterson October 7, 2011

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 […]

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

by Erica Peterson October 6, 2011

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 […]

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Oil Strike Won’t Delay Wolf Creek Dam Repairs

by Rick Howlett July 18, 2011

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 […]

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Repair Work Resumes On Section Of Wolf Creek Dam

by Rick Howlett June 6, 2011

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. […]

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Mountaintop Mining Case Could Head to Supreme Court

by kespeland August 28, 2009

A case involving four mountaintop mining permits could be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorneys for Earth Justice want the court to revoke the permits because they claim they were improperly issued and allowed major environmental damage to take place.

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Corps of Engineers Studies 15-State Ohio River Basin

by scrosby July 10, 2009

The Army Corps of Engineers is looking for input on new projects that need attention in the Ohio River Basin. The Corps of Engineers is in the midst of an 18-month project called the Ohio River Basin Comprehensive Study. Louisville office Chief of Planning Sharon Bond says they’re asking several agencies for input. “This is […]

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New Lock Dedicated At McAlpine

by Gabe Bullard May 27, 2009

A new lock has been dedicated at the McAlpine Locks and Dam on the Ohio River in Louisville. The addition will facilitate commerce on the river by doubling the amount of barges that can pass through McAlpine.

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37 Million Dollars Coming To Local Army Corps Of Engineers

by Gabe Bullard April 29, 2009

The Louisville division of the Army Corps of Engineers will receive 37 million dollars from the federal stimulus package.

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Coal-to-Gas Plant in Henderson Co. to Impact Watershed

by kespeland September 8, 2008

Henderson County, Kentucky could see one of the nation’s first coal-to-liquid gas plants.

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