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… Continue reading Judge Ruling in EPA Lawsuit May Have Few Practical Implications
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… Continue reading Judge Rules in Favor of Coal Industry in Lawsuit Over Mine Permits
The U.S. EPA issued new rules for mountaintop coal mining intended to protect water quality. Environmentalists are thrilled; mine industry representatives aren’t.
The coal mining industry is bemoaning a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement that it will seek an enhanced environmental review of 79 surface mining permit applications. Most of the projects are in Kentucky.