EPA, Others Question Coal Lease Plan Near Bryce Canyon

Law360, New York (February 6, 2012, 7:56 PM EST) -- A federal plan to permit coal mining near Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park has attracted criticism from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who raised concerns Monday about the plan's possible impact on threatened wildlife and the region's famously starry skies.

The Bureau of Land Management is considering whether to allow Alton Coal Development LLC to apply for a lease that would expand its operations into 3,500 acres of near the park. The agency published a draft environmental...
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