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W.Va. AG asks US Supreme Court to review mine case

December 17, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's retroactive veto of a water pollution permit for a West Virginia strip mine.

Morrisey said Tuesday that he joined 26 other states in filing a friend of the court brief in the case.

The filing argues the EPA exceeded its authority when it effectively vetoed a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Spruce surface mine in Logan County.

In July, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied Arch Coal's motion to rehear the case.

St. Louis-based Arch and its Mingo Logan Coal Co. subsidiary are now seeking to have its appeal heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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