Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | December 22, 2008

Environmental lawyer Sanders says environmental groups challenge EPA’s decision to allow mine spoil to be dumped in waterways during coal mining operations.

stephen-johnson3A coalition of environmental groups filed suit today to challenge the Bush administration over a controversial rule change pushed through the Office of Surface Mining December 12 after having been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the waning days of the Bush administration’s power.  


The suit is one of many lawsuits recently filed in federal courts that challenge new rules and decisions made by EPA administrator Stephen Johnson in the waining days of the Bush administration. 


The legal challenge would overturn the last-minute repeal of the stream buffer zone rule — an environmental law that, since 1983, has prohibited surface coal mining activities within 100 feet of flowing streams.


Attorneys with Earthjustice, Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment, Appalachian Citizens Law Center, Sierra Club, and Waterkeeper Alliance filed the legal challenge today in federal district court in Washington, DC on behalf of Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Tennessee-based Save Our Cumberland Mountains, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, and two other West Virginia-based groups: Coal River Mountain Watch and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.


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