Meetings set on mountaintop removal mining rules

July 4, 2010 at 2:04 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The federal government has scheduled a series of public meetings on preparations for writing new regulations to protect streams from surface coal mine waste in Appalachia.

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement says it wants public comment on an environmental impact statement it would use to write a new stream buffer rule. The Obama administration wants to reverse a last-minute Bush-era rule criticized as too friendly to coal companies.

OSM says it's going to hold meetings in Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, Texas, Kentucky, West Virginia, New Mexico and Wyoming. The meetings run from July 19 through July 29.



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