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Judge: EPA veto of W.Va. mine permit overreached

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A federal judge says the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority in revoking
permits for what could now become West Virginia's largest
mountaintop removal mine.
In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in
Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of St. Louis-based Arch.
She declares a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water pollution
permit for the Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County is "valid and in
full force."
Arch spokeswoman Kim Link says the company is pleased with the
decision.
The EPA vetoed the corps' permit for the mine in January 2011,
saying it would cause irreparable damage to the environment.
The move enraged both the coal industry and West Virginia
politicians, several of whom have since introduced bills to try
rein in the EPA.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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