Urgent action needed — Tell Gov. Haslam to veto the "Strip Mine TN Act" before May 1, and contact your state representatives about how they voted! Tennessee is currently the only active coal mining state that does not directly regulate mining — but it hasn't always been like that.
In the latest chapter of this long fight, the Mingo Logan Coal Company, which has proposed the mine, sued the EPA to challenge the veto. We intervened in support of the agency. In 2014, our support helped EPA secure a win in the federal court upholding the agency's legal authority to veto a mining permit.
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Jan 24, 2011· Last July, for example, five months before EPA's landmark veto of Arch Coal Inc.'s permit for the 2,200-acre Spruce No. 1 mine in West ia, the agency greenlit plans from an Arch subsidiary, Coal-Mac Inc., to dynamite a third as many acres for the Pine Creek, W.Va., mine.
In the wake of EPA's veto last week of the largest mountaintop removal mine permit ever proposed in West ia, the grandstanding of West ia politicians and "sky is falling" rhetoric from the coal industry was not surprising. Every effort to protect streams and communities from the ...
— Cumulative adverse impacts — At least 12 mining operations are either propsed or authorized, but not yet started, in addition to the Spruce Mine, in the Coal River sub-basin. In all, these mines could impact nearly 36 miles of streams.
Despite longstanding interpretation that the EPA can only block the issuance of a 404 permit during the permitting process, the EPA under the Obama Administration opted to veto a permit for a coal mine in West ia after it had been issued by the Corps.
In the case of the Spruce coal mine in West ia, the veto was issued years after the corps' permit was issued. In the case of the Pebble Mine in Alaska, action preceded a mining proposal. Pruitt's memo earned its own outcry from environmental groups and Democrats.
Today, 20 environmental and community organizations delivered a letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam urging him to veto legislation approved by the state House that will significantly weaken protections relating to coal mining in Tennessee.
"The coal industry has falsely painted the Spruce Mine veto as an example of EPA overreach and a 'war on coal,' and this decision shows that EPA's decision is based on clear scientific evidence of serious environmental harm from mining."
Coal and coal mining are part of our nation's energy future, and EPA has worked with companies to design mining operations that adequately protect our nation's water. We have responsibility under the law to protect water quality and safeguard the people who rely on clean water.
"The coal industry has falsely painted the Spruce mine veto as an example of EPA overreach and a 'war on coal,' when in fact EPA's authority to veto this permit is obvious from the face of the statute and EPA's decision is based on clear scientific evidence of serious environmental harm from mining," said Jim Hecker, environmental ...