Enviros Sue Mont. To Enforce Coal Mine Water Rules

Law360, New York (April 18, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT) -- A pair of environmental groups sued the director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday over alleged neglect in coal mining permitting decisions, seeking to compel the enforcement of federal laws protecting ground and surface waters in the state.

The Montana Environmental Information Center and Sierra Club are seeking declaratory relief to force DEQ Director Richard Opper to follow the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act intended to prevent damage to water resources threatened by a Western Energy Co. application to expand coal mining...
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