EPA OKs Controversial Mining-Waste Disposal Rule

Law360 (December 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a proposed rule change intended to reduce the impacts of strip-mining for coal despite objections by lawmakers and environmentalists who claim the new rule relaxes restrictions by allowing coal companies to dump debris directly into streams.

In a Dec. 2 letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson announced that his agency has approved a final rule issued by the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining that revises part of the Surface...
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