Hearings set on EPA objections to mining permits

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Three public hearings have been set for
June on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's objections to
dozens of coal mining water quality permits.

Kentucky Environmental Protection Commissioner R. Bruce Scott
says state officials believe the permits satisfy the EPA's
objections. State regulators requested the hearings to help work
out a long dispute over how to enforce water quality regulations at
new or expanded mines.

Scott told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/I9Ea3o ) the
first hearing will be June 5 in Frankfort, and the other two will
be June 7 in Pikeville.

The issue is whether 36 state permits issued to mining companies
in 2010 and 2011 sufficiently protect water quality from mining
activities that include blasting mountains to get at coal and
filling in streams with waste rock.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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