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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 On March 23, 2007, a federal judge agreed and rescinded the permits.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, June 17, 2010
Next step: Corps should end the destructive dumping of mining waste in our nation's waters
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Grounded in sound science, plan would strengthen permitting requirements
Friday, March 26, 2010
Agency finds stream destruction would cause unacceptable harm
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Obama administration should take note and follow science on pending permits
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Obama administration should take note and follow science on pending permits
Friday, September 11, 2009
Agency announces further environmental review of dozens of permits, citing harmful impacts to waterways, legal concerns
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Clean Water Act violated in issuance of permits for mining
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Federal agencies hide behind misinterpretation of the law to allow mountaintop removal to continue
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
New legislation comes on the heels of EPA announcement to “reduce potential harmful impacts on water quality”
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Obama administration reviewing pending mountaintop removal mining permits