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Win over EPA won’t save Southern W.Va. coal, experts say

This week, West Virginia leaders were painting a picture of the rosy future that could await the coal industry, were it not for the Obama administration. Sprinkled among comments criticizing proposed reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the...

As public hearings begin, EPA again defends greenhouse proposal

As the agency begins a week-long series of public hearings in four cities, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency insisted again on Monday that the coal industry would survive an Obama administration proposal to curb greenhouse gas...

As TV ads kick off in W.Va.’s U.S. Senate race, coal is still the theme

West Virginians have seen more ads for the Senate campaigns in neighboring states than the one happening in the Mountain State. That will begin to change Monday, but the primary tenor of the campaign — promises from both candidates to stand up...

USGS halts research on mountaintop removal’s public-health effects

Two years ago, Bill Orem and his team of researchers were setting up air monitors in the yards and on the porches of residents in Artie, a small Raleigh County community surrounded by mountaintop removal mines.

Orem, a chemist with the U.S....

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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