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National Mining Ass'n v. Scarlett

ELR Citation: ELR 20090
Nos. No. 00-283 (RWR), (D.D.C., 05/04/2006)

The court rejects a mining association's statutory and constitutional claims challenging a 1999 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) rule defining "valid existing rights." The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act prohibits new surface coal mining operations on certain lands subject to "valid existing rights." The 1999...

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