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Environmental Groups React to Supreme Court Decision on Mine Case
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on March 25, 2014 @ 7:31PM
Created on March 25, 2014 @ 6:34PM

On Monday the United States Supreme Court made a decision to not hear a case between a Mountain State mining company and the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2011, the EPA vetoed a permit for the Spruce No. 1 mine and ever since it's been a major legal battle with many appeals.

West Virginia State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey spoke with 5 News on Monday about the case. He said he was disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision to not hear the case. On Tuesday, a local environmental group shared its take on the case.

The Sierra Club is a national non-profit organization focusing on conservation. Members in West Virginia are saying they're very happy with the high court's decision.

Many people have been paying close attention to the case because the argument is about whether or not the EPA should have the power to strike down permits granted before current government regulations were put in place under the Clean Water Act. There were attorneys general in 27 states who wanted the Supreme Court to take on the case, but now environmentalists are considering the situation a win.

David Sturm is a member of the West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. He said, "We're glad the Supreme Court came down on the side of the EPA and allowed them to help protect our health and water."

U.S. Republican Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito is saying a House committee will take up a bill regarding what some believe has been an overreaching effort by the EPA.
 


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