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Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia

Case Number # 3713

Mountaintop removal is one of the most environmentally destructive activities in the country. The Army Corps of Engineers has issued permits for four mines that will dump millions of tons of rock and debris into nearby streams and valleys, burying them forever. The permits were issued without the required environmental studies and impact statements. On March 23, 2007, a federal judge agreed and rescinded the permits.

In February 2008, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ruling by the judge. Earthjustice requested a rehearing by the full court, which denied the petition. Earthjustice has asked the Supreme Court to review the case.

Press Releases

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson, John Slattery, Wendell Berry, Leilani Munter, and more join Appalachian heroes and American public in standing up for mountains, communities, and water
Monday, May 14, 2012
Agency files appeal to persevere in protection of Appalachian waters, communities
Friday, March 23, 2012
District court rules in case involving issue of EPA authority to protect waters
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Coal industry receives court ruling on mountaintop removal mining permit review process
Monday, September 26, 2011
Political grandstanding prevails over public good and public health in imbalanced House field hearing on water protections in Appalachia
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Appalachians also overwhelmingly support increasing clean water protections
Monday, August 15, 2011
Oppose lawsuit brought by coal company that seeks to overturn EPA’s historic decision to protect West Virginia streams
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Guidance focuses on ensuring compliance with longstanding requirements where stronger oversight is essential to protect water quality and Appalachian communities
Friday, October 15, 2010
Agency recommends veto of one of largest ever proposed mountaintop removal mines in Appalachia
Friday, July 30, 2010
Agencies issue joint pledge to follow science and law