Enviros Lose 4th Circ. Appeal To Thwart Mountaintop Mining

Law360, New York (May 15, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday rejected the Sierra Club and other environmental groups' challenge to a mountaintop removal permit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ granted to Highland Mining Co., ruling the Corps had adequately evaluated the water quality impact of the process it approved.

A three-judge panel affirmed a lower court's ruling rejecting objections to the permit brought by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Inc., the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the Sierra Club and Coal River Mountain Watch Inc. The disputed fill permit — part...
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