Mountaintop removal coal mining companies have won some important battles over the past months. That includes a recent finding by a panel of federal judges that will pave the way for a number of new mining permits.
A coalition of environmental groups is suing the Environmental Protection Agency in federal court over a recently approved mountaintop removal mining rule change. The old rule required mining companies to keep debris at least a hundred feet away from valley streams. But because of different interpretations of the rule, many miles of streams have already been covered with debris.