DOI Broke Own Rules In Overseeing PA Mine Clean-Up

Law360, New York (August 3, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court ruled on Thursday that the U.S. Department of the Interior violated its own regulations when it allowed Pennsylvania to dissolve its funding scheme to clean up and reclaim land used in defunct coal mines.

“[W]e believe the only reasonable conclusion in this case is that OSM supervision is required until full guarantees of reclamation are in place,” the court ruled.

The suit was originally filed in 2003 by a coalition of environmental advocacy groups, who alleged that the DOI had effectively allowed Pennsylvania...
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