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Wildearth Guardians v. Zinke

ELR Case

A magistrate judge ruled in favor of environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSM's) approval of a coal mine expansion in southeastern Montana.The...

Montana Environmental Information Center v. Montana Department of Environmental Quality

ELR Case

A Montana court vacated and remanded a water discharge permit that the state's environmental agency issued to a coal mine in southeastern Montana. The agency's decisions are arbitrary and not supported by the law, and when viewed in its...

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition v. Fola Coal Co.

ELR Case

A district court held a West Virginia coal mine liable under the CWA for discharging excessive amounts of ionic pollution, measured as conductivity and sulfates, into the waters of West Virginia in violation of its NPDES permits....

Energy & Environment Cabinet v. Frasure Creek Mining, LLC

ELR Case

A Kentucky court rejected a proposed consent decree between the state's environmental agency and a coal mine concerning extensive CWA violations. The proposed consent decree is not fair, reasonable, or in the public interest. The agency...

Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Inc. v. Black Warrior Minerals, Inc.

ELR Case

A district court dismissed environmental groups' CWA suit against a coal mine for new source performance standard violations. Because the groups filed suit just 11 days after sending the mine its notice of violation, the mine claimed...

WildEarth Guardians v. United States Forest Service

ELR Case

A district court upheld the U.S. Forest Service's environmental review of a coal mine expansion project in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. An environmental group argued that the final EIS failed to...

Sierra Club v. Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

ELR Case

The Wyoming Supreme Court upheld a state-issued air quality permit authorizing a power plant's construction of a proposed coal-to-liquid facility and an associated underground coal mine. The court rejected an environmental group's...

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Inc. v. Huffman

ELR Case

The Fourth Circuit upheld an injunction requiring the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to obtain NPDES permits for reclamation efforts at abandoned coal mining sites. The text of the CWA, as well as...