Coal Mining

Environmental Groups Call for Audit of Ohio EPA Permits

Sep 10, 2013

The Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council want federal agents to take a closer look at the permits distributed by the Ohio EPA to coal companies and the relationship between the two entities.

Their call for an audit comes in light of the recent resignation of the Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water chief.

The chief, George Elmaraghy, said in an email to his staff last month that he was forced to resign by Governor John Kasich and Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally due to pressure from the coal industry.

Ohio EPA Water Chief Resigns

Aug 20, 2013

The official in charge of protecting Ohio’s streams and lakes has been asked to step down. In a resignation letter sent Monday the head of the Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water thanked employees for acting appropriately despite pressure from the coal industry to grant permits.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio and the federal government say they're ready to enter negotiations to end a lawsuit over mine tunnels being developed within the watershed of an Ohio state park reservoir.

A lawsuit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleged Ohio's decision to issue a permit to Buckingham Coal Co. violated a 1948 state-federal agreement that created the park and reservoir.