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DEP Pushes an Inadequate Water Quality Standard

For Immediate Release August 26, 2015 Contact Ben Luckett, Staff Attorney, Appalachian Mountain Advocates 304.382.4798 bluckett@appalmad.org DEP Pushes an Inadequate Water Quality Standard that would Endanger WV Fishing CHARLESTON, WV — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) presented … Continue reading

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Federal judge rules against Fola in conductivity case

Lawyers from Appalachian Mountain Advocates prevailed in a case against Fola Coal Company, a subsidiary of CONSOL Energy. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers ruled that Fola was liable for damage to two West Virginia streams caused by pollution discharges … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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