The Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia Coal Associations have filed amicus briefs asking the Fourth Circuit of Appeals to consider their views in support of Don Blankenship. While laying out their argument, the coal associations say explicitly that they do not wish to address the specifics of the former coal barons case; rather, they feel that criminal law has been misapplied here — that government could tag anyone with a crime if it searched long and hard enough.
The EPA has sent its final version of soot rules to the White House for review yesterday. The agency said it expects to meet a court-ordered deadline of December 14 to strengthen Clean Air Act rules regarding the air quality standards for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), The Hill said. … Read more »