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Mining the Mountains  »  News  »  Special Reports  »  Mining the Mountains

Lab tech: Coal companies wanted water samples faked

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Employees of a Raleigh County laboratory falsified water quality samples under pressure from their coal company clients, a laboratory technician and supervisor who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act...

Study links mountaintop removal dust to cancer

A new West Virginia University study has found that dust from mountaintop removal coal-mining operations promotes the growth of lung cancer tumors.

The study results “provide new evidence for the carcinogenic potential” of...

Lab official admits faking coal water quality reports

A Raleigh County man pleaded guilty Thursday to repeatedly faking compliant water quality standards for coal companies, in a case that raises questions about the self-reporting system state and federal regulators use as a central tool to judge if the...

EPA wins another round on Spruce Mine veto

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday won another major legal victory in the long saga of one of the largest mountaintop removal mining permits in West Virginia history.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson concluded that the...

DEP facing lawsuit over access to mining pollution data

The state Department of Environmental Protection is facing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over its refusal to provide a public interest law firm with a slice of agency data that shows recent water pollution levels at coal-mining operations...

Judge rules corps can ignore mining health studies

A federal judge in Charleston ruled this week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not have to consider scientific studies linking mountaintop removal to public health problems when the agency approves new Clean Water Act permits for mining...

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.

Department of Environmental...

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....