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Chilling Decision

EPA’s powers need to be curbed

April 25, 2013

A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in a case with wide-ranging ramifications....

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Apr-25-13 6:13 AM

I 'm glad someone is looking out for my state!

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Apr-25-13 7:45 AM

Agree 100% Denver, These coal companies have raped this state long enough. There THAT should get the NEO CON Right Wingers stirred up this

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Apr-25-13 7:45 AM

Agree 100% Denver, These coal companies have raped this state long enough. There THAT should get the NEO CON Right Wingers stirred up this

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Apr-25-13 12:09 PM

Yeah, screw the coal miners!!! Did you guys miss the real point of this article?

"EPA declared it had the power to retroactively veto coal mining"

"It means NO ONE CAN EVER BE CERTAIN a federal permit or license, once granted, cannot be revoked" Investors don't invest when there isn't at least some certainty that can get a return on their investment. This is a job killer! Not just for coal miners.

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Apr-25-13 5:55 PM

"mtthwhrrs" The EPA didn't declared it had the power to retroactively veto the permit for a strip mine, It does have the power to retroactively veto the permit for a stripe mine . And the federal appeals court agrees

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Apr-26-13 10:48 AM

This mine underwent the most stringent permitting process in the history of the United States, for 11 long years, under 2 Presidential administrations. They reduced the size and scope of the original request and responded to EVERY request during that time, becoming the first mine to undergo an environmental impact study. They were given the required go ahead by the government after this review and then when they were ready to begin operations, a new administration comes into town and changes the rules. I’m sorry folks, but that’s not right and it will have a long lasting impact on business in this country.

As for those claiming mining is destroying WV, I wonder if they’ve been to areas they only read about? My guess is no given that what they state simply isn’t true. I’ve traveled all over WV and contrary to what they say, southern WV still has mountains, they’re still beautiful and majestic and thanks to some of the mining, there is actually business where there was none.

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Apr-26-13 9:42 PM

Actually it wasn't retroactive. It was the Army Corps of Engineers that gave the green light, which they can do for themselves but they can't speak for the EPA. The EPA didn't reach its final decision until some time after the Corps, which confused a lot of people. Defenders of the EPA say they were waiting for the coal company to agree to terms they had agreed to on earlier mines, & finally saw the company wouldn't.

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Apr-27-13 4:32 AM

The idea that coal mining generates jobs for average men and women in the state is pure BS. Coal company owners like Jim Justice and Chris Cline are billionaires while the coal-producing counties in West Virginia have the highest poverty rates in the nation. After a century of environmental destruction by coal mining in the state, when can we expect some of the wealth to trickle down to the citizens?

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Apr-27-13 7:18 AM

Well said "Geezer"

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Apr-27-13 12:51 PM

Sorry Neo but you’re wrong on the EPA. They gave the go ahead to the permits in 1999 during the Clinton Administration. In 2002, under the Bush Administration, the EPA had concerns but those issues were addressed and once again, the EPA gave their blessing. Between 2003 and 2007, the permit underwent the MOST EXTENSIVE environmental study in the history of mining, the EPA was involved the entire time, all issues were resolved, a legal permit was issued in January, 2007 and operations began.

It was not until the Obama Administration took over in 2009 that ‘new information’ caused the EPA to once again question the permit and essentially revoked the permit. The Circuit court ruled the EPA did not have the authority to revoke the lawfully issued permit, the DC Appeals court disagreed. I have a feeling the Supreme Court will make the final decision.

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Apr-28-13 10:16 AM

AaronS: The EPA has helped but they are now overstepping the authority. Think how many years the Coal industry has supported the people of West Virginia.

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Apr-28-13 12:10 PM

I understand that the EPA has a right to monitor clean waters via the Clean Water Act. What I do not agree with is that simply because an administration changes and someone has a clear agenda can revoke a lawfully issued permit. No one should EVER be above the law including our current President.

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