Groups Slam EPA's Nod To Patriot Coal Mine Permit

Law360, New York (January 5, 2010, 6:44 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it would sign off on a Clean Water Act permit for a mountaintop removal coal mine operated by Patriot Coal Corp., drawing the ire of a coalition of environmental and community advocacy groups that says the decision opens the door for further environmental destruction in Appalachia.

The coalition — which includes the Sierra Club and Earthjustice, among others — said the mountaintop removal mining permit was the first to move forward of several such permits the EPA identified...
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