Tag: environment

W.VA Coal Clean-Up Order Upheld

West Virginia’s Fola Coal Co. will be held to account for Clean Water Act violations and cannot assert protections under its federal discharge permit because it the permit terms as well, a federal appeals court held Wednesday. Environmentalists sued Fola Coal…

Court Blocks Nevada Open-Pit Mine

The Bureau of Land Management failed to give adequate analysis of air pollution levels for a proposed 8,300-acre open-pit molybdenum mine near Eureka, Nevada, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the BLM to…

Alaska Polar Bear Habitat Questioned

Federal environmental regulators and conservation groups fought Tuesday to win reinstatement of critical polar bear habitat designations on Alaska’s North Slope after a federal judge found the government protections “arbitrary.” Alaska’s oil and gas industry lawyer came in for tough…

Snowmobile Access Upended

In a victory for Montana environmentalists, a federal appeals court found the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to minimize snow mobile damage on 3.5 million acres of wild lands failed to pass legal muster. Although the Forest Service plan actually reduced…