DOI Let W.Va. Miners Skirt Permit Time Limits, Enviros Say

Law360, New York (October 23, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT) -- A West Virginia environmental group sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in federal court on Monday, claiming the agency wrongly allowed coal mining companies operating in the state to evade a three-year time limit to commence activity before their permits expire.

Coal River Mountain Watch, a group that opposes mountaintop removal coal mining, said the DOI's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement issued a determination in August that mining permits issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection don't automatically terminate if mining...
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