Enviros Revive DOI Suit Over Failure To Protect Streams

Law360, New York (January 29, 2013, 5:39 PM EST) -- Environmentalists reopened litigation against the U.S. Department of Interior on Monday, alleging the department has failed to fulfill an out-of-court settlement to amend or repeal a rule that nixed a key protection for Appalachian streams during mountaintop removal mining.

The so-called stream buffer zone rule was removed during the Bush administration in 2008, according to Earthjustice, the group representing the coalition of environmental and community groups in the suit. Though the Obama administration agreed the Bush administration's action was unlawful, the Interior Department has not changed...
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