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Supreme Court won’t review West Virginia strip mine case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a coal company fighting to reinstate a water pollution permit for a massive West Virginia strip mine.

The justices say they will not disturb a federal appeals court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency acted within its authority in 2011 when it retroactively vetoed a permit issued four years earlier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc. and its Mingo Logan Coal Co. subsidiary challenged the appellate ruling concerning the mountaintop removal coal mine in West Virginia’s Logan County.

The case now goes back to a federal district court in Washington.

The case is Mingo Logan Coal Co. v. EPA, 13-599.

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