DOI Accused Of Skipping Enviro Analysis Of Coal Mine Plans

Law360, New York (February 28, 2013, 4:14 PM EST) -- Environmental group WildEarth Guardians sued the U.S. Interior Department in Colorado federal court Wednesday, alleging it illegally approved mining plans for seven coal mines in four Western states without seeking public comment or addressing the environmental or economic impacts of coal mining.

The group claims the DOI's Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedures Act when it approved plans for the San Juan coal mine in New Mexico; the Colowyo and Trapper mines in Colorado; the...
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