Today the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2007 decision in a suit by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was issuing valley fill permits without environmental reviews.

This will immediately allow as many as 90 mining permits to proceed without stringent reviews of the damage and polllution filling the valleys with the tops of mountains will cause.

Read much more at the Charleston Gazette coal blog.

There is a Sierra Club petition to the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency  here.