Request to Feds to take over WV Mining oversight (The Associated Press)

Feds to probe five aspects of W.Va. mining oversight  By The Associated Press
Charleston Gazette
December 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal agency said Monday that it will examine five aspects of West Virginia’s regulation of surface coal mining in response to a petition by 18 environmental, civic and religious groups.

The state and national groups — including the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters and Catholic Committee of Appalachia — claimed in a petition last June that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has shown “callous disregard” for both the environment and federal law. They cited chronic failures in oversight, from permitting to inspection, and fines that are too small to deter violations.

Read more at WV League Of Women Voters Natural Resources Issue