• Selenium settlements resolve multiple lawsuits

    On Dec. 19, 2014, Appalachian Mountain Advocates announced three settlements with Central Appalachian coal companies that will require the companies to treat unlawful selenium discharges into West Virginia?s waters, to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to efforts to protect West Virginia?s streams and riparian areas, and to pay civil fines » Continue Reading.

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  • EPA needs to take over pollution programs

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices and a number of state and regional environmental groups have joined together to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to acknowledge the failure of several Appalachian states to administer and enforce the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.

    The petitions ask EPA to withdraw the authorization of these states to run their » Continue Reading.

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  • Judge agrees that conductivity pollution hurts streams

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates has been pursuing a number of legal cases designed to show that mining operations that cause high levels of conductivity downstream are violating water quality standards ??and their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.

    That legal theory won important validation in a ruling last summer by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

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  • Two victories in the fight against mountaintop removal

    Two days; two excellent decisions from federal appeals courts.

    Last Monday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in our favor in a case against the U.S Army Corps of Engineers ?and its issuance of streamlined national permits for mountaintop removal operations. The court said the Corps failed to follow Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act requirements » Continue Reading.

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  • SB 562 exemplifies the problem with regulation in West Virginia

    By Dan Radmacher

    Why are West Virginia?s streams so polluted that less than a quarter of them can support their designated uses ??such as recreation, providing drinking water, or supporting aquatic life?

    The example of the passage and implementation of Senate Bill 562 is very telling. It?s yet another case of state regulators and lawmakers capitulating to a polluting industry » Continue Reading.

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  • Patriot getting out of mountaintop removal mining

    Today, Patriot Coal announced it has agreed to get out of the mountaintop removal business ? permanently. This agreement represents an enormous victory in Appalachian Mountain Advocates’ 14-year battle against mountaintop removal mining.

    Our ongoing actions against Patriot to ensure that it could not shirk its responsibility to clean up the water pollution caused by its operations played a vital » Continue Reading.

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  • Suits challenge mines over public health impacts

    The U.S. Corps of Engineers continues to ignore a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that mountaintop removal mining could be making people who live near mining sites sick in a number of ways. Mountaintop removal has been linked to increases in cancer rates, birth defects and higher mortality rates, among other things.

    In a pair of?recent lawsuits?brought » Continue Reading.

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  • A war on coal miners

    The Center for Public Integrity, NPR and The Charleston Gazette combined their talents to put together an incredibly important series about the resurgence of a deadly disease: black lung.

    Black lung, which steals the breath and eventually the lives of coal miners exposed to excessive coal dust, should have been eradicated decades ago. Congress passed the Coal Mine Health » Continue Reading.

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  • Harvard law professor criticizes Spruce ruling

    In an article in the latest edition of The Environmental Forum, Harvard law professor Richard Lazarus slammed the ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson overturning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of the Spruce No. 1 mine permit. Lazarus teaches?? » Continue Reading.

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    Bonding systems are inadequate to protect taxpayers

    The 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act requires coal companies to clean up and reclaim mined land. When they cannot or do not, the states are supposed to have bonding systems in place to pay for the reclamation. When those systems are inadequate, the federal government is supposed to step in with its own system.

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