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Mountaintop Removal Mining


Mountaintop removal mining began in West Virginia

Other events that happened on or around 1967

Aug 03, 1977

The federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act was signed into law

Other events that happened on or around August 03, 1977


The "Big John" dragline scoop came to the Hobet 21 surface mine in Boone and Lincoln counties

Other events that happened on or around 1983


Congress passed the Clean Air Act of 1990


Joe Lovett filed a case in federal district court charging state and federal laws prohibited dumping the tops of mountains into streams

Other events that happened on or around 1998


Chief U.S. District Judge Charles H. Haden II ruled for a 100 foot buffer zone protecting streams at surface mines


The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Judge Charles H. Haden II's ruling restricting mountaintop mining


Judge Charles Haden made a decision in Kentuckians for the Commonwealth v. Rivenburgh, another mining case

Other events that happened on or around 2002


The Bush administration changed Section 404, making valley fills legal


Valley fills were halted in federal court

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