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August 12, 2014 | Case

Stopping A Massive Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine

EPA vetoed a permit for what would have been one of the largest mountaintop removal mines in history. Industry challenged this historic action, but Earthjustice stepped in to defend West Virginians and their environment.

July 11, 2014 | Legal Document

Court Decision: Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Efforts To Protect Appalachian Waters and Communities

A federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a large coalition of citizen groups in upholding an Obama administration policy to scrutinize pollution from severe mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against the National Mining Association, the State of West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and other coal industry groups, who brought the case against the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

March 25, 2014 | In the News: Nation of Change

Supreme Court Rejects Coal Industry Lawsuit on Mountaintop Removal Mine Permit

“The Spruce No. 1 mine is one of the largest and most destructive mountaintop removal mines ever proposed in Appalachia, EPA’s decision to veto the dumping of waste from this mine was a decision to prevent the most extreme impacts of the most radical type of strip mining – the worst of the worst,” said Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen. “The Clean Water Act, enacted with wide bipartisan and public support, gave the EPA broad authority to step in and stop this type of wholesale destruction and pollution of U.S. waters.

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