McConnell Eyes Revamp Of EPA's Coal Mine Permit Process

Law360, New York (April 30, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced plans Monday to introduce a new bill that would force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's hand to make decisions on a backlog of coal mine projects and put new time limits on its approval process.

Dubbed the Coal Jobs Protection Act, the legislation calls for the EPA to decide on permit applications filed under Section 402, which deals with a project's surface water discharges, within 270 days or the permit will be automatically approved. Section 404 permit applications, which...
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