Friday, September 28, 2012

EPA Files Notice Of Intent To Appeal

Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed notice of intent to appeal the July ruling by Judge Reggie Walton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Last year, the EPA revised 2010 standards by tightening guidelines on the practice of dumping waste from surface mine blasting into valley waterway. The National Mining Association sued, and West Virginia and Kentucky joined the lawsuit. Walton found the EPA overreached its authority by setting up water-quality criteria for mountaintop removal mining operations in several Appalachia states and infringed on state regulators' authority to permit mines using federal clean-water and surface-mining laws.