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Appeals court rules against coal company in southwestern Va. pollution case
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 3:40 PM EDT
A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling that a company illegally discharged a pollutant into a Wise County creek.
Friday's ruling affirmed a July 2013 decision by U.S. District Judge James P. Jones in a lawsuit filed by Appalachian Mountain Stewards, the Sierra Club and Appalachian Voices.
Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote that allowing A&G to use the so-called permit shield defense would "tear a large hole" in the federal Clean Water Act.