Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
  Winds of Change Newsletter, March 2011     See sidebar for table of contents

Legal Brief: Appeal of Mingo MTR Mine

OVEC and WV Highlands Conservancy have filed an appeal to the WV Environmental Quality Board of a water pollution permit granted by the WV Department of Environmental Protection for a mountaintop removal mine in Mingo County operated by Premium Energy.

We believe that the permit should have selenium limits on all of its wastewater outfalls, but DEP included them on only one outfall.

One of the receiving streams is known to already have potential selenium problems.

Attorneys Mike Belcher and Derek Teaney with the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment are handling the appeal.

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