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DEP cites mining operation near Kanawha State Forest
DEP cites mining operation near Kanawha State Forest

Earlier this week, West Virginia environmental inspectors ordered work halted at the KD Surface Mine No. 2, the new mountaintop removal site that Keystone Industries is operating next to Kanawha State Forest.

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Appeals court upholds EPA’s mountaintop removal crackdown

In a significant victory for the Obama administration’s coal policies, a federal appeals court on Friday upheld U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiatives aimed at reducing water pollution from mountaintop removal mining operations....

Mining reduces fish population, new study says

Appalachian streams affected by mountaintop removal coal mining can have fewer than half as many fish species and a third as many total fish as other regional waterways, according to a new study published this week by researchers from the U.S....

Court issues mixed ruling on emissions
Court issues mixed ruling on emissions

WASHINGTON — In a case closely watched by West Virginia critics of the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency another partial victory in its efforts to...

Landowner reaches deal on mountaintop removal pollution

Environmental groups have reached an agreement through which a corporate landowner will apply for a Clean Water Act permit to regulate ongoing pollution from a valley fill at a strip-mine site in Mingo County, the groups announced Tuesday....

DEP plans more detailed water monitoring at coal processing plant

As West Virginia regulators publicly tout the $72,000 in fines they’ll collect from Patriot Coal for a high-profile slurry spill four months ago, Department of Environmental Protection officials are also quietly finalizing new requirements for...

Scientists, public discuss impact of climate change in W.Va.
Scientists, public discuss impact of climate change in W.Va.

DAVIS — A roomful of scientists, policymakers and environmental advocates didn’t need to be convinced that the climate is changing, but they spent Saturday discussing ways to address climate issues even ...

In key ruling, judge finds Alpha mining ‘conductivity’ pollution damaged water quality

Citing what he said was “extensive scientific evidence,” a federal judge has ruled for the first time that conductivity pollution from mountaintop removal mining operations is damaging streams in Southern West Virginia.

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EPA plans cuts, but coal still in mix
EPA plans cuts, but coal still in mix

The coal industry could take a significant hit, but would continue to fuel 30 percent of the nation’s electricity generation by 2030 under an Obama administration plan to curb emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, according to U.S....

W.Va. at climate change crossroads as EPA power plant rules loom

Last June, on a warm day on the campus of Georgetown University, President Obama took off his suit jacket and launched into his most significant speech to date about the dangers human society faces from the buildup of greenhouse gases in the...

W.Va. at climate change crossroads as EPA power plant rules loom

Last June, on a warm day on the campus of Georgetown University, President Obama took off his suit coat and launched into his most significant speech to date about the dangers human society faces from the buildup of greenhouse gases in the...

Court lets DEP use lower standard on pollution reviews

The state Supreme Court on Friday upheld a decision that allowed the Department of Environmental Protection to avoid tougher permit reviews and tighter water pollution limits for mountaintop removal mining operations.

Justices concluded that...