Judge Hands Feds Win In W.Va. Mining Rules Dispute

Law360, New York (January 3, 2011, 8:20 PM EST) -- A federal judge on Monday shot down a suit brought by two environmental groups challenging amendments to West Virginia's program implementing the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, ruling that the U.S. Department of the Interior had properly approved the changes in 2008.

Judge Robert C. Chambers of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia ruled that the Ohio River Valley Environmental Coalition Inc. and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Inc. had failed to show that West Virginia's program was less...
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