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Environmentalists Cry Foul Over EPA Mining Permits

Law360 (May 15, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Obama administration is under fire after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency purportedly gave the go-ahead to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to approve up to 42 new permits for mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., indicated in a press conference on Friday that the EPA had only expressed concern with six of the 48 mining permits presented, hoping to assuage his constituents' fears over coal mining permits.

“In its letter to me, the EPA states: 'The Corps may proceed with...
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