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WVCA Requests Federal Action

West Virginia Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton wrote to West Virginia’s Congressional representatives this week requesting their assistance on several items of critical importance.  

Specifically, the industry is requesting federal approval or action on several items prior to the Trump Administration leaving office.  These items include EPA approval of West Virginia’s ACE Rule Application and Water Quality Amendment on Aluminum, OSM approval of various state program amendments, and transferring all coal mining-related projects to the Huntington District Office of the US Corps of Army Engineers. 

Hamilton stressed in his letter that “if these federal approvals are not finalized by the current administration, they will likely not be approved under the Biden Administration.  This will set our industry and the State of West Virginia back and leave us vulnerable to federal litigation and enforcement action.”

Hamilton asked our congressional representatives to communicate directly to President Trump or the pertinent contact within his administration on behalf of the industry.