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Mountaintop Mining Procedures Halted In West Virginia By Court

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U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin issued an injunction that blocked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from authorizing new valley fills through its "nationwide permit" procedure.

In a long-awaited ruling, Goodwin concludes that the corps had not fully examined the cumulative impacts of approving mountaintop removal mines through this streamlined procedure.

"The loss of thousands of miles of streams in Appalachia over the past twenty years ... and the loss of over 200 miles of streams in West Virginia alone vividly illustrates the impacts associated with mountaintop mining," Goodwin wrote in a 63-page opinion.

Read the whole story at The Charleston Gazette

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