Alpha Unit Challenges Pa. DEP Limits On Mining Runoff

Law360, Philadelphia (October 16, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT) -- Alpha Natural Resources Inc. subsidiary Emerald Coal Resources LP on Monday challenged a coal mining permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, arguing that the regulator placed unfair limits on its wastewater discharges.

In an appeal to the state's Environmental Hearing Board, Emerald questioned the restrictions that came with a permit renewed by DEP in September. The company has also been fighting a federal lawsuit over chronic violations of its wastewater discharge permit, which was brought earlier this year.

"The department's action in issuing...
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