25 May '11, 5pm

News: Appalachian and National Groups Intervene in Support of EPA Veto of Mountaintop Removal Mining Operation

Several Appalachian organizations filed a motion today to intervene in defense of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to veto a permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine, one of the largest mountaintop removal mines ever proposed in Appalachia. The EPA veto enforces the law and protects more than 6.6 miles of West Virginia streams from permanent destruction. Represented by Earthjustice and the Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment, the Sierra Club and three local conservation and social justice groups—West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Coal River Mountain Watch, and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition—filed a motion to intervene in support of EPA against the lawsuit brought by the Mingo Logan Coal Company. Their filing explains that EPA’s veto fully satisfies the Clean Water Act and was a proper exercise of EPA’s ultimate authority to oversee ...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2011/appalachian-and-n...

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