Rahall Statement on EPA Ruling on Spruce No. 1 Mine

HNN Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today in reaction to the EPA’s decision to veto the Spruce No. 1 Mine permit:

“The EPA’s unprecedented action today to veto a previously granted permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine, though highly disconcerting, is far from surprising; Arch, the miners, the community, and I have been opposing this action for months.   This veto reaches well beyond one coal mine; it threatens the economic security of every business that relies upon these Clean Water Act permits and that depends upon a fair and consistent permitting process    While this Administration claims that it will not take similar action on any other permit, there is nothing to prevent it, or any future EPA, from reaching back to veto a previously granted permit now that this line has been crossed.  The good news, if there is any, may be that by EPA’s finalizing this threatened action, the matter can now be taken before the courts, where I hope it will receive a thorough hearing and expeditious reversal.”

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