State and federal officials and industry lobbyists at Wednesday's meeting weren't especially supportive of Morgan's proposal.
Bill Raney, the West Virginia Coal Association's representative to the advisory council, said he didn't hear about DEP's legal settlement on water treatment until after the deal was reached.
Ken Ellison, director of DEP's Division of Land Restoration, said he's not sure that the agency's legal settlement extends to the other sites and would have to consult with agency lawyers.
Roger Calhoun, director of OSM's Charleston field office, said his staff spent the better part of a year helping DEP compile the list of sites that was eventually used in the legal settlement.
"The list that everybody sued over is the list we spent all that time putting together," Calhoun said. "I'm not real anxious to go back and revisit that."
Calhoun conceded, though, that the effort was not based on whether sites met stringent water quality standards now required by recent court rulings.
For years, when DEP treated water pollution at special reclamation sites it did not provide treatment adequate to comply with water quality standards. In separate lawsuits, two federal judges ruled that DEP must set pollution limits at those sites based on water quality standards.
Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kw...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1702.