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APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS RULING THAT VIRGINIA MINES ARE LIABLE FOR SELENIUM POLLUTION

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS RULING THAT VIRGINIA MINES ARE LIABLE FOR SELENIUM POLLUTION
Mountaintop Removal Mines are not automatically shielded; will be held accountable for unpermitted pollution
Wise County, VA – Today, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision that A&G Coal Corporation, a subsidiary owned by coal billionaire Jim Justice, is responsible for toxic selenium pollution from its Kelly Branch Surface Mine in Wise County, Virginia.… Read the rest

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Efforts To Protect Appalachian Waters and Communities

Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Efforts To Protect Appalachian Waters and Communities
Washington, D.C. — Today, a federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a large coalition of citizen groups in upholding an Obama administration policy to scrutinize pollution from severe mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.… Read the rest

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SAMS Strategic Planning Meeting.

SAMS members, Please attend the first SAMS strategic planning meeting, this Saturday July 12th . Meeting will begin at 10 AM at the Inman Community Center near Inman Village.
The second meeting will be held on July 19th, at 10 AM in Andover at the Andover Community Center.
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Federal Highway Administration Requires Full Study of Proposal that Would Rely on Mountaintop Removal

EXPRESSWAY PROJECT TO RECEIVE THOROUGH REVIEW
Federal Highway Administration Requires Full Study of Proposal that Would Rely on Mountaintop Removal
Appalachia, VA — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be required to conduct a full environmental review for a controversial 26-mile section of the Coalfields Expressway that would run through Wise, Dickenson, and Buchanan counties in southwest Virginia.… Read the rest

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