Army Halts Mountaintop Coal Mine Permit In Appalachia

Law360, New York (June 18, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended the use of Nationwide Permit 21 for six states in Appalachia, putting an end for now to the so-called fast-track permit process for mountaintop removal coal mine operations.

The suspension, which the Corps said is effective immediately, comes more than a year after a federal judge ruled the permits illegal in the closely watched Ohio Valley v. Hurst case. It applies to Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the Corps.

The permit continues to...
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