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US appeals panel stands with Obama administration on mountaintop removal, water pollution
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 2:03 PM EDT
A federal appeals court is declining to stand in the way of the Obama administration's efforts to block water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining.
It concluded that the Environmental Protection Agency was within its authority to consult with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about Clean Water Act permits for mining operations.
The panel rejected a 2012 District Court ruling that that the EPA had overstepped its authority under federal water pollution and strip mining laws when the agency tried to reduce water pollution from Appalachian coal mining operations.
West Virginia and Kentucky are among those that challenged the EPA's actions.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com