The upcoming August 17 TVMI golf tournament is the main fund raiser for its scholarship fund and is in need of your support for next year’s scholarships.  At its May meeting, six 2015 scholarship recipients were named.  The top two $6,000 scholarships were awarded to Erika Coleman and Caroline Hatfield, both from Belfry High School.  Four $750 scholarships were awarded to Benjamin Fitch & Aaron Tackett from Sheldon Clark High School, Adriana Fleming from Logan High School and Olivia Ooten from Tug Valley High School.  For more information or registration for the golf tournament contact Andy Ashurst (aashurst@alphanr.com) or Georgene Robertson (grobertson@archcoal.com).

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Coal production in the U.S. fell sharply for the week ending July 4. And the decline from last year steepened, with production off 16.6% from last year’s levels according to the latest report from the Energy Information Agency (EIA) for the week.

High Court Curbs EPA's Power to Regulate Emissions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday nixed the EPA's landmark rule limiting mercury and other emissions from power plants, saying it should have considered the rule's multi-billion-dollar compliance costs first.

CHARLESTON – The June 29th decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the EPA’s Mercury Rule is a major win for the coal industry and for American consumers.  The ruling affirms what we have argued from the beginning – the EPA’s actions under this rule and others were made without regard to economic consequences and were specifically designed to remove coal from the nation’s energy mix. 

On Wednesday, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that he is leading a bipartisan coalition of nine state Attorneys General in a lawsuit challenging the new “Waters of the United States” – rule from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and EPA that unlawfully expands the federal government’s regulatory reach over small streams, land and farms. You’ll often see this rule referred to by its acronym, “WOTUS”  and it would extend the EPA and Corps of Engineers’ regulatory jurisdiction to an untold number of small bodies of water, including roadside ditches and short-lived streams or any other area where the agencies believe water may flow once every 100 years.

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