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2011-02-25 15:48:00

CHARLESTON, W.V., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to withhold funds from the EPA and the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) for components of guidance or new rules that are continuing the attack on Appalachian coal mining. Specifically, the House approved Rep. Morgan Griffith's (R-VA) amendment that prohibits funding for EPA's unwarranted intrusion into the Corps of Engineers coal mine permitting responsibilities under Section 404 of...

2010-10-15 15:51:00

CHARLESTON, W.V., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 3 administrator, Shawn Garvin, has recommended that his agency veto the Clean Water Act permit that has already been approved for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, WV. Arch Coal, the owner of the mine, was set to commit more than $250 million and create at least 250 new, well paying jobs in Logan County, WV. The project was originally approved and permitted by both the West Virginia...

2010-10-06 16:03:00

CHARLESTON, W. Va., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin (D) announced Wednesday the state is suing the Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for holding up the permitting process for coal mining operations in West Virginia. Manchin said the lawsuit, which has been planned for several months, specifically challenges the court to declare EPA's actions improper and illegal. State officials have spoken with officials in Virginia and...

2010-06-28 10:33:00

CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robert C. Byrd, 92, a West Virginia Democrat who became the longest-serving member of Congress in history and used his knowledge of the institution to shape the federal budget, protect the procedural rules of the Senate and, above all else, tend to the interests of West Virginia, died at 3 a.m. Monday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. Bryan Brown, West Virginia coordinator of FACES of Coal, released the following...

2010-06-17 15:02:00

CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it has suspended the use of Nationwide Permit 21 (NWP 21) in the Appalachian Region of six states. NWP 21 is used to authorize discharges of dredged or fill material into water for surface coal mining activities. The suspension is effective immediately and applies to the Appalachian Region of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. NWP 21 permits continue to be...

2010-06-15 11:24:00

CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security (FACES of Coal) released a video on its website, www.facesofcoal.org, today explaining in easy-to-understand terms and examples why the use of conductivity is an ill-advised and inappropriate measure for water quality impairment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued guidance on water quality requirements for coal mines in six Appalachian states. This...

2010-05-21 15:18:00

CHARLESTON, W.Va., May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released a report outlining the adverse economic and employment impacts of the EPA's inability to approve or set discernable standards for the approval of coal mining permits in Appalachia. The states that will be economically hardest hit by this virtual moratorium on permitting are West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama. The minority staff...


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