EPA Sends Mixed Message with Reversal on West Virginia Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Permit
Interview with Vernon Haltom, co-director of Coal River Mountain Watch, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
On Jan. 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reversed a permit approved in 2007 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the largest mountaintop removal operation in West Virginia, Arch Coal's Spruce No. 1 site straddling Logan and Mingo counties in the coal-mining southern region of the state. The agency cited concerns about the potential impact on both the environment and human health.