Enviros Sue To Block Tenn. Mountaintop-Removal Projects

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT) -- Environmental groups including the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Interior Department in Tennessee federal court on Thursday, claiming the agency approved two mountaintop-removal coal mining projects in the state without properly considering their impact on two protected species of fish.

The groups claim the DOI's Fish and Wildlife Service and Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement violated the Endangered Species Act by ignoring mounting evidence that wastewater from surface coal mines harms the threatened blackside dace and the endangered Cumberland darter.

The suit seeks to...
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