Friday, January 21, 2011


Manchin Denies Putting Profit Ahead Of Public Health

Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., denied Friday he was putting corporate profit ahead of public health in sponsoring legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from retroactively vetoing permits. Manchin argued he was instead seeking “balance” between economic and environmental concerns while hoping to prevent the agency from taking actions such as it did with Arch Coal’s Spruce Fork No. 1 surface mine when it vetoed a permit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted to the company in 2007. While still governor last year, Manchin directed the state to sue the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for delaying issuing several surface mine permits, including Spruce Fork. Manchin says, once a company has gone through the proper channels of a permit, the EPA should not be able to revoke it.

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