10th Circ. Finds Mine Dispute Moot After New Enviro Review

Law360, New York (June 20, 2016, 5:55 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Friday nixed challenges to a ruling that held a branch of the U.S. Department of the Interior illegally gave two Colorado coal mines permission to expand, finding them moot in light of the fact that the agency has since completed a new environmental assessment and vacated the ruling that prompted them.

Colowyo Coal Company LP and Trapper Mining Inc. each appealed U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson's conclusion that the DOI's Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement violated the National Environmental Protection Act by failing to properly involve the public or take a so-called hard look...

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