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Federal review of mining rule may speed up complaint process

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An upcoming federal review of a mining rule could help speed up the process for coalfield residents who file federal complaints about state mining agencies.

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Gov. Jim Justice’s Barren Mine Lands and Unpaid Taxes

Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made nearly $2 billion off Appalachia’s coalfields, but his family’s mines owe back taxes in multiple states. They have also accrued hundreds of environmental violations, and many idled mines are still unreclaimed.

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Mine Violations Continue in Raleigh County, WV

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of violation to the operators of Collins Fork Surface Mine in February.

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