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Castle Mountain Coalition v. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Case No. 3:15-cv-00043-SLG (D. Alaska 2016)

In Castle Mountain Coalition v. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, several non-profit organizations and the governing body of a federally-recognized Native Village challenged a federal agency’s determination that a state may interpret the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) to require an administrative proceeding be initiated in order to terminate a coal mining permit (rather than automatic termination) when the permit holder fails to commence mining operations within three years of the permit issuance.

Western Organization of Resource Councils et al v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management et al (D. Mont. March 26, 2018)

In Western Organization of Resource Councils et al v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management et al, several environmental organizations challenged a federal agency’s approval of revised Resource Management Plans (“RMPs”) for coal development in two areas covering millions of acres of public lands and federal mineral estates within the Powder River Basin. 

 

Tennessee Clean Water Network v. Tennessee Valley Authority, No. 3:15-cv-00424 (M.D. Tenn. August 4, 2017)

Tennessee Clean Water Network v. Tennessee Valley Authority, No. 3:15-cv-00424 (M.D. Tenn. August 4, 2017)
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

For decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) disposed coal ash from a coal-fired power plant near Gallatin, Tennessee into unlined ponds adjacent to the Cumberland River.  Two local organizations filed a case alleging violations of the Clean Water Act.    

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