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April 2012

Coal Company Will Clean Up “Biologically Impaired” Stream

The Sierra Club and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, both represented by Public Justice’s Jim Hecker, have entered into a settlement with Fola Coal Company requiring Fola, a subsidiary of CONSOL Energy, to clean up pollution in Boardtree Branch, a tributary of Twentymile Creek (pictured) in…

EPA Urged to Shut Down Dangerous Asbestos Removal Method

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General has just signed an “Early Warning Report” that will shut down a dangerous and unapproved asbestos removal method that two EPA offices have been testing for the past seven years.The report supports what Public Justice has been arguing…

Public Justice Wins Strict New Limits on Mountaintop Removal Mine Permits

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to renew a “nationwide permit” (NWP) for coal mining in Appalachia — a permit Public Justice first challenged in 1999 — with severe restrictions preventing its use for most mountaintop removal operations.For years, the Corps rubber-stamped NWPs…