Va. Regulator Upholds Decision Nixing Mountain Mine Permit

Law360, New York (June 17, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT) -- The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy upheld its decision to block a mountaintop removal coal mining permit proposed by A&G Coal Corp. over the company's failure to pay outstanding fees, environmental groups challenging the permit said Monday.

The Sierra Club and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards had spent more than three years fighting the 1,300-acre project, which they said would severely harm local waterways that have already been damaged by other mining projects. The DMME's decision closes the door on the permit application after the...
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