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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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Boom! Boom! in Lewisburg

On November 17, about 70 Appalmad supporters gathered in Lewisburg for an afternoon of music, poetry and fellowship. The Boom! Boom! Fundraiser featured poet Crystal Good and the music of the Black Twig Pickers. It was a tremendous success, and … 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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Good news on conductivity

The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board issued an important ruling late last month calling on the state Department of Environmental Protection to only issue mountaintop removal mining permits after analyzing the potential for those permits to increase certain types of … 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. … 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 … Continue reading

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Judge overturns EPA Spruce veto; we will continue to fight

Attorneys for Appalachian Mountain Advocates have been fighting the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history since 1998. With last week’s decision by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of the permit … Continue reading

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