CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The National Mining Association is suing two federal agencies over the Obama administration's efforts to limit surface coal mining in Appalachia.
The trade association filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It names the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers as defendants.
The lawsuit centers on mountaintop removal coal mining. Coal companies like the highly efficient practice, while environmental groups contend it is devastating Appalachia.
The lawsuit accuses the agencies of illegally restricting water quality permits that allow mountaintop removal and other surface mines to bury streams with excess rock. EPA has held up all but a handful of so-called valley fill permits for greater scrutiny since 2009.
Neither agency had immediate comment.
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