EPA takes 1st step to revoke W.Va. coal mine permit

Oct 19, 2009 | 10:50 AM | Lisa Gordon

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the first step toward vetoing a previously issued permit for a West Virginia surface mine unless an Arch Coal Inc. mining subsidiary alters the permit to reduce the environmental impact.

St. Louis-based Arch expressed shock over the opinion and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) condemned the decision.

"I am angry with the EPA's announcement that they will use veto power to revoke the authorized Spruce Mine permit in Logan (W.Va.). It is wrong and unfair for the EPA to change the rules for a permit that is already active, " Rockefeller said.

"We are shocked that the EPA would take such an action in light of the strong support for the Spruce permit voiced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)," Arch said in a statement. Arch also noted that the EPA was "intimately involved" with the permitting process, which took 10 years to complete.....

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