Appeal panel hears W.Va. Spruce Mine case Thursday - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Appeal panel hears W.Va. Spruce Mine case Thursday

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friends of McDowell County Train Fatality speak out, Ask for Donations

    Friends of McDowell County Train Fatality speak out, Ask for Donations

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:46:55 GMT
    Tragedy strikes on train tracks in southern West Virginia. One person is dead and two others hurt after coming too close to a train in McDowell County.
    Tragedy strikes on train tracks in southern West Virginia. One person is dead and two others hurt after coming too close to a train in McDowell County.
  • NEW DETAILS: Tips leads to sex offender's capture in Princeton

    NEW DETAILS: Tips leads to sex offender's capture in Princeton

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:22:55 GMT
    State Troopers out of Princeton, WV confirmed that they are looking for Christopher Lee Tolliver, a registered sex offender. Tolliver was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014, but failed to show up.
    State Troopers out of Princeton, WV confirmed that they are looking for Christopher Lee Tolliver, a registered sex offender. Tolliver was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014, but failed to show up.
  • Family left homeless in Raysal, McDowell County after a fire rips through their house

    Family left homeless in Raysal, McDowell County after a fire rips through their house

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:19:25 GMT
    A fire late Thursday night leaves a family in McDowell County homeless. Everyone was able to get out of the home in Raysal safely, but a friend of the family, who saved their dog, told us it was a very close call.
    A fire late Thursday night leaves a family in McDowell County homeless. Everyone was able to get out of the home in Raysal safely, but a friend of the family, who saved their dog, told us it was a very close call.
CHARLESTON (AP) -

An appeals court will hear oral arguments Thursday on the Environmental Protection Agency's veto of water-pollution permits for 1 of West Virginia's largest mountaintop removal mines.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has scheduled 15 minutes for each side, starting at 9:30 a.m.

In 2011, the EPA revoked a permit the Army Corps of Engineers had issued four years earlier to St. Louis-based Arch Coal for its 2,300-acre Spruce No. 1 mine.

EPA said destructive, unsustainable mining practices would cause irreparable environmental damage and threaten the health of residents nearby.

Industry, politicians and state regulators want the appeals court to uphold a federal judge's ruling that EPA overstepped its authority. They say EPA is preventing permits from ever being considered final.

Environmentalists want the ruling overturned.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.