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Never enough: The latest coal-mining legislation

A big victory in circuit court  — overturning a board ruling that promised to reduce coal-mining pollution (see here and here) — apparently isn’t enough for the industry lobby up at the West Virginia statehouse. There are a couple of new bills out this week …

First, there’s HB 2571, which aims to further weaken the conflict-of-interest provisions that govern membership of the state Environmental Quality Board.

And then, there’s HB 2579, which aims to derail efforts to force the coal industry to clean up its selenium pollution.

Lawmakers always seem eager to try to find ways to end up in court over their efforts to weaken environmental protections for West Virginia’s public health and environment.