EPA Moves Closer to Spruce Mine Veto Costing West Virginia Hundreds of Jobs and Millions in Revenue

Oct 15, 2010, 16:51 ET from Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security

CHARLESTON, W.V., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 3 administrator, Shawn Garvin, has recommended that his agency veto the Clean Water Act permit that has already been approved for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, WV. Arch Coal, the owner of the mine, was set to commit more than $250 million and create at least 250 new, well paying jobs in Logan County, WV. The project was originally approved and permitted by both the West Virginia DEP and the Army Corps of Engineers and reviewed by EPA in 2007, but full operation of the mine has been delayed by litigation.

"This is another job destroying attack from the EPA on West Virginia and Appalachia," said Bryan Brown, executive director of West Virginia FACES of Coal. "To veto an already approved permit, costing these communities hundreds of new, good paying jobs and millions in needed tax revenue is just absurd and more importantly illegal. Our elected leaders can't let bureaucrats in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. dictate how West Virginians support their families. Taking these jobs and economic investment away from Logan County is a travesty. The mine was properly permitted. Let our people work."

The Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security (FACES of Coal) is an alliance of more than 70,000 people from all walks of life who are joining forces to educate lawmakers and the general public about the importance of coal and coal mining to our local and national economies and to our nation's energy security.  In addition to keeping tens of thousands of people employed in good-paying jobs, coal is the lifeblood of our domestic energy supply, generating nearly half the electricity consumed in the United States today.

SOURCE Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security