DOI Seeks To Change Dumping Rule For Coal Mines

Law360, New York (October 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.S. officials Friday recommended changes to surface mining rules that environmentalists claim will relax restrictions on the disposal of mining waste and allow coal companies to dump strip-mining debris directly into streams.

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, released a final environmental impact statement that recommends revising part of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. The study aims to clarify the status of a 100-foot buffer zone established in 1983 that is inconsistently interpreted,...
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