In Ohio, a judge upheld Athens County Commissioners’ decision to deny a coal company’s request for a waiver that would allow mining alongside a public road.
Judge George McCarthy’s May ruling came after Oxford Mining Company, LLC, appealed a prior decision, but the company could appeal again.
The company’s road request accompanies its proposed 300-acre Johnson Run mine. Oxford has received a federal draft wastewater pollution permit, according to The Athens News, but its state permit is under internal review. — By Molly Moore