National Mining Ass'n v. Kempthorne

ELR Citation: ELR 20016
No(s). 06-5199 (D.C. Cir. Jan 15, 2008)

The D.C. Circuit upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) interpretation of "valid existing rights" in a 1999 rule to foreclose surface mining operations in sensitive areas. A mining association argued that Congress inserted "valid existing rights" in the Surface Mining Control and Recla...

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