Feds Blasted For Ignoring Arch Mine Expansion's Enviro Cost

By Andrew Scurria (June 27, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Friday found the U.S. Department of the Interior failed to address the effect on climate change of allowing Arch Coal Inc. to expand a coal mine in western Colorado, sustaining protests from three environmental groups and halting the project.

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson held that the DOI, through the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Services, violated the National Environmental Policy Act by omitting any analysis of the cost of the greenhouse gas emissions that would result from approving modifications to two Arch-owned coal mining leases.

The approvals at issue allowed Arch...

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