Enviro Group Challenge To Ky. Mining Permits Nixed By Judge

Law360, Chicago (August 26, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT) -- A Kentucky federal judge on Friday squelched a lawsuit from two environmental groups challenging a surface coal mining permit obtained by Leeco Inc., finding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sufficiently weighed the potential risks before issuing the permit.

In a 37-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell granted summary judgment to Leeco and the Corps in a suit brought by the Sierra Club and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, leaving intact the company’s permit to fill several small tributaries of the Stacey Branch and...
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