Morgantown, W. Va. (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it’s revoking a crucial water permit for West Virginia’s largest mountaintop removal mine because it would irreparably damage the environment and threaten the health of nearby communities.
Assistant Administrator for Water Peter S. Silva said the agency was employing a rarely used veto power because Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County would use “destructive and unsustainable” mining practices.
The move formalizes an action the agency first threatened nine months ago. (more…)