Kentucky is No. 1 in delinquent fines for mine-safety violations – Coal operators owe $29.2 million to feds Reporter James R. Carroll 9:42 PM, May. 26, 2012 http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012305260088 WASHINGTON — Kentucky coal-mining operators owe the federal government $29.2 million in delinquent fines — more than any state in the nation, an analysis by The Courier-Journal shows. Those fines make up...

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The Civil Society Institute and ORC International have joined forces to produce a report that reveals there is no partisan divide when it comes to clean energy.  Majorities of Republicans, Independents and Democrats agree that the United States should move away from its reliance on dirty energy sources that foul the air and water and toward a future that makes greater use of clean energy sources.  Click here to read the full...

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US District Court Judge James P. Jones from the Western District of Virginia ruled this weekend that ACLC’s clients can bring a federal suit against the coal company that destroyed their water.  The coal company had argued that because the surface mining laws that have allegedly been violated are administered by Virginia, not by the federal government, the federal court lacked jurisdiction over the Plaintiffs’ damage suit.  The court...

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Administration slapped by court; Clean Water Act not written for coal In a unanimous rebuff of the Beshear administration’s environmental cabinet, the Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld citizens’ rights to be heard in clean water enforcement actions. “Federal law encourages the states to permit interested citizens to intervene and be heard in state court enforcement proceedings.” Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson...

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