New EPA Guidance Aims To Limit Mountaintop Mining

Law360, New York (April 1, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a set of actions to strengthen environmental permitting requirements for mountaintop mining in Appalachia, a move that could severely limit the number of valley fills used in coal mines in the region.

The guidance clarifies existing requirements of the Clean Water Act permitting programs that apply to pollution from surface coal mining operations in streams and wetlands, a particularly critical issue in Appalachia, where an estimated 2,000 miles of headwater streams have already been buried by mining debris....
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