The EPA may have just halted a permit for West Virginia's largest mountaintop removal coal mine, but all is not green. A Federal judge in DC District Court has given a preliminary ruling on a suit brought about by the National Mining Association that says the EPA may have exceeded its legal authority in the way in which the permitting process for MTR projects was changed.
In drafting the ruling Judge Reggie Walton noted that the environmental impact of MTR projects isn't before the court in the suit, just whether proper procedure was followed in changing the rules. Judge Walton rejected the notion that the rule change had caused harm to the plaintiffs however, and did not grant NMA's request that current EPA actions against mountaintop mines be halted. via: New York Times
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