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EPA holds up coal-mining permits as firms fume

Source:  Copyright 2009, Reuters
Date:  September 30, 2009
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Mining companies accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday of ignoring America's need for affordable energy and hurting workers in a poor region of the country by delaying permits for proposed surface, or "mountaintop," mines in Appalachia.

The decision that all 79 pending permits must undergo additional evaluation by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, because they pose a potential hazard to water, threatens job security in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio that depend heavily on coal mining, the miners said.

But environmental groups welcomed the decision and called on the Obama administration to reverse rules that allow surface mines and to enforce clean air and water legislation.

"EPA's hit-list was compiled by people in Washington who are entirely insulated from the consequences of their actions and far removed from the families and communities affected by them," said Kentucky Coal Association President ...

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