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Arch Coal Violating Colorado Mining Laws, Group Says

Oct. 31, 2017, 6:39 PM

WildEarth Guardians wants Colorado mining regulators to enforce alleged air quality violations at Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine, taking a new tack in the group’s years-long campaign against the largest single source of methane emissions in the state.

Arch Coal is venting methane without reporting and securing permits for emissions of volatile organic compounds, the group said Oct. 31 in an informal request seeking a review of the state Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety’s decision not to inspect or bring enforcement actions against the company.

The underground mine is out of compliance because of its volatile organic ...