The Charleston Gazette reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued new rules for mountaintop mining.
The Gazette reports:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just posted a new guidance document for Appalachian strip mining on its Web site.
Neither EPA nor the Army Corps of Engineers have formally announced the issuance of this guidance, which appears to have been posted pretty late on a Friday afternoon.
But the issues dealt with in the guidance are the same as those raised in a March 2007 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers: Whether government agency reviews of mining permits adequately consider impacts on not just the “structure” of streams, but also the important ecological “functions” served by those streams.
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