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W.Va. judge hears more arguments on mine permit

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Scientists say mountaintop removal
mines are causing widespread water pollution across Appalachia, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to consider the science
when approving a West Virginia operation.
The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/IJwfgK) says the testimony
came during a trial under way this week in U.S. District Court in
Huntington.
Environmentalists are challenging a Clean Water Act permit
granted to Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources for its Highland
Reylas mine. It would bury 2½ miles of Logan County streams.
They want Judge Robert Chambers to block the permit and require
more environmental review.
A Duke University aquatic geologist says numerous studies have
documented harm to headwater streams.
Alpha says it would employ 100 people for six years and leave a
site that could be used during flooding and other emergencies.


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