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EPA proposes to block the largest mountaintop removal mine permit in WV history

As always, Ken Ward Jr. at the Charleston Gazette (in West Virginia) is the first to write about some great news. We reprinted part of his post below, so please read his great blog for the rest of the story.

“Breaking news: EPA issues ‘proposed determination’ to block Clean Water Act permit for the largest mountaintop removal mine in W.Va. history”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just issued its “proposed determination” to block the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history.

Spruce #1 mountaintop removal mine map

As I explained in an earlier post, this EPA notice starts another long process of review and debate — including a mandatory public hearing if EPA finds a significant degree of public interest — before EPA would actually veto the permit.

Read the rest of the story on Ken’s blog, CoalTattoo.





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