"EPA Moves To Block West Virginia's Largest Mining Permit"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Citing 'clear evidence' of likely environmental damage, the Obama administration has moved toward revoking the largest mountaintop-removal permit in West Virginia history.

Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urged the federal Army Corps of Engineers to revoke or suspend the corps' approval of a Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal Inc.'s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County.

EPA officials outlined their concerns in a Thursday letter to the corps. A day later, corps lawyers asked a federal judge to delay legal proceedings concerning the permit to give agency officials a chance to revisit the permit."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette September 8, 2009.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009