Environment & Energy Report

Montana’s Largest Coal Mine to Stay Open as Immunity Talks Go On

Jan. 7, 2020, 10:22 PM

Montana gave the Navajo Transitional Energy Company more time to work out an agreement with the state on the company’s use of tribal sovereign immunity, allowing the wholly-owned subsidiary of the Navajo Nation to keep its coal mine open as talks continue.

The state Department of Environmental Quality in October shut down NTEC’s Spring Creek Mine in Decker, Mont., the state’s largest, over concerns the company could use tribal sovereign immunity as a way to block citizens’ suits, or prevent the state from issuing stop work orders, suspending or revoking coal mining permits, or otherwise fully enforcing...

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