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EPA halts mountaintop mining permits

Posted By Tom Jackson On March 26, 2009 @ 3:35 pm In Construction News | No Comments

As many as 200 surface mining permits may be in jeopardy [1]after the Environmental Protection Agency’s top administrator Lisa Jackson asked for a more thorough review of the environmental impact of such practices. The Appalachian coal industry thought it had the go ahead last month when an appeals court overturned a ruling requiring more thorough reviews. But the EPA is now claiming it has authority over any such rulings–an oversight function the agency rarely exercised during the Bush administration.

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[1] 200 surface mining permits may be in jeopardy : http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/headline_news/article.jsp?content=b032455A

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