EPA Cools To Coal, But Other Agencies Slow To Follow

Law360, New York (April 13, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration has essentially halted the construction of new mountaintop coal mines in Appalachia and created a tougher regulatory environment for coal-fired power plants, but federal agencies seem conflicted on how to proceed, angering both environmental and industry advocates.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strengthened permit requirements, showcased its veto authority and generally been wonderful about fighting the most environmentally destructive forms of coal mining, according to Joe Lovett, executive director of the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment.

But the U.S....
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