EPA Coal Mine Water Rules Struck Down By Federal Judge

As I was perusing articles about the massive ice melt in Greenland, I came across this article.

Are we really going to go backwards at this time? I just wrote a piece about the “recovery” of a creek near us that sits in the middle of abandoned mines. Without the new standards on pollution from acid mine drainage, this creek would now be dead. Is this really what this federal judge wants?  Please go to this link to read the rest of the article:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its powers by setting up water-quality criteria for coal mining operations in Appalachia, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton in Washington ruled that the EPA infringed on the authority given to state regulators by federal clean- water and surface-mining laws. A coal mining industry coalition sued the EPA and Administrator Lisa Jackson, and the lawsuit was joined by West Virginia and Kentucky.

The ruling represents the latest setback to the Obama administration’s attempts to crack down on mountaintop removal coal mining.

Last year, the EPA revised standards issued in April 2010 by tightening guidelines on the practice of dumping waste from surface mine blasting into Appalachian valley waterways. Critics say that practice destroys the environment. The mining industry defends it as an efficient way to produce cheap power and employ thousands in well-paying jobs.

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