Enviros Blast EPA Approval Of W.Va. Coal Mine

Law360, New York (July 1, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tentatively approved a new mountaintop coal mining permit in Appalachia, angering environmentalists who claim the agency is reneging on a promise to better protect the region's water quality, aquatic life and human health.

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club on Wednesday criticized a June 21 letter from the EPA stating that a Clean Water Act permit decision could move forward for Arch Coal Inc.'s Pine Creek Surface Mine in Logan County, W.Va., which will impact nearly three...
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