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Interior Department Wants All Toxic Gases
From Coal Mine Blasting to Be Managed

Feb. 20, 2015, 5:00 AM

All toxic fumes released from “blasting” operations at coal mines would have to be managed under updated rules to be developed by an Interior Department agency, according to a notice to be published Feb. 20 in the Federal Register.

This is an unsolicited move on the part of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, which considered updating its “blasting” rules in response to an April petition by an environmental group.

That petition from WildEarth Guardians, which OSM has granted, only requested that the office examine rules related to nitrogen oxides emissions from coal mine operations that use explosives ...

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