The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will rehear arguments over the EPA's retroactive veto of a water pollution permit for Arch Coal's strip mine in West Virginia, The Associated Press reports.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had the legal authority to retroactively veto a water pollution permit for one of West Virginia's largest mountaintop removal coal mines years after it was issued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Arch Coal and the Environmental Protection Agency appeared before the Court of Appeals in D.C. to argue over the legality of an EPA decision to retroactively revoke Arch's permit for a West Virginia coal mine, The Christian Science Monitor reports.
As a surge in supply has caused prices for natural gas and coal to drop, some energy companies that have lost revenue have reduced gas drilling and coal mining until prices increase, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is pressing the U.S. Army and the Interior Department to conduct a comprehensive review of proposals for coal export facilities, citing climate impact as a critical factor, The Hill reports.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One of the world's largest coal producers said Thursday it would lay off about 750 workers in the Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia coalfields, the latest setback for an industry struggling to sustain market share as utilities switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives to generate electricity.
The bulk of the cuts by Arch Coal Inc., almost 600, are in Kentucky. The disappearance of high-paying mining work heightened anxiety in hardscrabble Kentucky towns where officials worried declining demand for coal would result in leaner budgets and more people on unemployment rolls.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson declined lawmakers' request to testify about her agency's withdrawal of a mountaintop mining permit in West Virginia, saying the notice was too short to accommodate her schedule, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., pledged to push a vote to complete the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility in Nevada if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moves to limit filibusters, Roll Call reports.