EPA Challenges Permit For Mountaintop Coal Mine

Law360, New York (October 19, 2009, 2:57 PM EDT) -- In an unusual move that drew immediate fire from West Virginia's governor, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers it intends to veto a permit for a 2,278-acre mountaintop coal mine because of clean water concerns.

"[The agency's] Region III is aware that EPA has never before used its ... authority to review a previously permitted project since Congress enacted the Clean Water Act in 1972," Acting Regional Administrator William C. Early told the Corps in a letter Friday that...
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