Ill. High Court Kills Suit Over Exxon Mine Cleanup

Law360, Chicago (February 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EST) -- Illinois' highest court shot down a citizens' suit Thursday targeting ExxonMobil Coal USA and the state's Environmental Protection Agency over their remediation plan for an inactive mine, ruling the suit was the wrong method for challenging mining permits that backed the plan.

In its opinion reversing an appellate court's revival and affirming a trial court's dismissal of Citizens Opposing Pollution's case against the Illinois EPA and ExxonMobil, doing business as Monterey Coal Co., the Illinois Supreme Court said the plaintiff's challenge to the terms of Monterey's...
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