EPA sued coal mining permits

first_img Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Twitter Linkedin Facebook Facebook TAGSUSACE CoalO&MWater Treatment Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions By chloecox – In the April memo, the EPA adopted standards of conductivity — described as a measure of dissolved minerals and salts — in water discharged from coal mines. The agency used the standards to block 11 state-issued mining permits in several counties because of poor water quality in the region. The EPA approved 30 permits just before adopting the standards, Beshear’s office told local media.The EPA has said that surface coal mining has so damaged the environment of Central Appalachia that regulations are needed to limit the practice. The agency, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior, have taken other steps to regulate mining. This includes ending the use of the Nationwide Permit 21— reputed to be a less stringent water pollution permit — in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have petitioned the EPA to take over coal mine permitting, saying Kentucky doesn’t do an adequate job of protecting water. “This EPA continues to act without any consideration for the law, so it is our hope that the federal court system will find that the EPA’s actions are being made based on political ideology alone, with no connection to actually protecting the environment,” said Kentucky Coal Association president Bill Bissett in an e-mail to the state Legislative Research Commission.In May, a report from the state Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said the EPA’s inability to approve or set discernable standards for the approval of coal mining permits would “destroy” the coal mining industry.Members of the Kentucky Resources Council were quoted in published reports as saying the EPA is “well within its rights” and the governor’s actions are “disappointing and unseemly.”Read more coal operations and maintenance news 10.20.2010 Linkedin Twitter Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today No posts to display Previous articleGHG ruling petitionNext articlenercassessment chloecox EPA sued coal mining permits The governor of Kentucky has sued the Environmental Protection Agency over coal mining permits.Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration and The Kentucky Coal Association filed a complaint October 18 in U.S. District Court in Pikeville. The industry group said the EPA’s blocking of state-issued permits over water pollution standards is part of an agenda to end coal mining in the state, according to the Lexington-Herald Leader. The governor of West Virginia filed a similar lawsuit earlier in October.The Kentucky complaint said EPA’s blocking of state-issued permits over water pollution standards put forth in an April 2010 memo amount to the executive branch taking legislative action and an improper deviation from the Clean Water Act of 1977. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

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