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Corps Of Engineers Says It Can Gauge Mining Impacts

Law360 (April 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- With the Obama administration promising tight scrutiny of West Virginia mountaintop coal removal permits but stopping short of a blanket statement opposing the practice, environmentalists reacted warily Wednesday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' claim that it now has a system to gauge the impact of such mining.

Perhaps ironically, the Corps brief, filed Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, argues that a recent victory for coal miners regarding the permits should stand and opposes an en banc rehearing of...
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