Alabama Coal Association: 1,000 Mine Workers in State Would be Laid Off if Federal Coal Permits Vacated

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - More than three dozen coal mines across north Alabama would be forced to close and lay off about 1,000 workers if a federal judge grants a request by two groups for a preliminary injunction halting the issuance of a certain type of surface mining permit, coal companies claim in federal court documents.

Two environmental groups, however, argue that since last year the permits granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering to Alabama coal companies have allowed about 27 miles of streams to be filled in by mining waste in the Black Warrior River watershed, a major source of drinking water for Birmingham and west central Alabama communities.

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