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Appalachian surface coal mining projects

August 04, 2010

Appalachian surface coal mining projects

EPA recently released a final Report outlining its key conclusions after reviewing state water pollution permits for Appalachian surface coal mining projects. The report, Review of Clean Water Act 402 Permitting for Surface Coal Mines by Appalachian States: Findings and Recommendations, summarizes the findings of EPA's Permit Quality Review (PQR) performed to assess the adequacy of State National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting under Section 402 of the Clean Water Act. EPA recommends that states more consistently evaluate the potential for mining discharges to cause or contribute to a violation of state water quality standards, and the need to more fully implement narrative water quality standards. EPA's review helps its Regional offices, Appalachian States, and the public to identify areas for improvement and to ensure that States are developing permits that protect water quality consistent with the law. Report can be viewed on EPA's website at www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/guidance/mining.html.

 

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