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New EPA draft adds to controversy over W.Va. selenium rule changes

Federal proposal for water pollution limits complicates state enforcement

By Ken Ward Jr.

Staff writer

Federal environmental officials on Monday issued a draft recommendation for new selenium water pollution limits,...

Miners turn out to support DEP water rule changes

Dozens of coal miners packed a state Department of Environmental Protection public hearing to support industry-sought changes to two key West Virginia water quality standards.

The crowd of miners, mostly from Alpha Natural Resources and wearing...

OSM proposal backs off stream ‘buffer zone’

Coal operators would have to conduct expanded monitoring and perform additional environmental restoration, but would be freed from the threat that a 32-year-old ban on mining activities within 100 feet of streams might be used to stop them from...

WV delegation cool to Obama’s coalfield plan

West Virginia’s representatives in Washington don’t sound particularly enthusiastic about the Obama administration’s proposals to funnel nearly $5 billion in...

Mine cleanup program could fuel coalfield recovery, groups say

Increased funding and important reforms could allow the federal government’s Abandoned Mine Lands cleanup program to fuel economic recovery in communities hard hit by the mining industry’s downturn, a coalition of coalfield citizen...

Supreme Court rules against EPA on coal emissions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs when it initially decided to regulate hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants, instead of waiting to examine such issues when it later...

Meeting highlights efforts to help coalfields

ANSTED -- A team of Obama administration officials visited West Virginia this week to promote new programs and proposals to help struggling mining communities and hear about ongoing efforts by a variety of local groups to diversify coalfield economies....

Report details path to clean energy for WV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia could improve energy efficiency, expand renewable generation of electricity and increase its reliance on natural gas as part of an “all-of-the-above” plan to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection ...

Court rules against Murray, Morrisey on EPA greenhouse proposal

A federal appeals court has turned down legal challenges filed by Murray Energy and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey over the Obama administration’s proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

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OSM wants National Academy of Sciences to study mining health effects
OSM wants National Academy of Sciences to study mining health effects

The federal Office of Surface Mining plans to recommend that the National Academy of Sciences review a series of studies that have found that residents living near mountaintop removal mining operations face increased risks of serious illnesses and...

Prosecutors join Blankenship in seeking trial delay

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Don Blankenship late Friday joined in a motion asking that the former Massey Energy CEO’s criminal trial be delayed until mid-October.

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UMW chief warns of tough times for coal miners

United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts warned his union’s members Wednesday the coal industry’s ongoing troubles represent “fundamental changes” in world energy markets, not just the downward part of the type of boom-...