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Appeals court backs EPA's mining restraints, rules against industry in mountaintop coal mining
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, July 11, 2014 4:21 PM EDT
A federal appeals court has upheld the Obama administration's environmental protections designed to reduce water pollution from mountaintop-removal coal mining.
In a statement, the EPA welcomed the ruling and said it is committed to consistently using its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect the health and environment of Appalachian communities.
The agency says it is working with states, mining companies and the public to enable environmentally responsible mining projects to move forward.