Suit challenges rule change on mountaintop mining

Environmental groups went to court Monday to challenge a Bush administration rule change they fear will lead to coal companies burying more Appalachian streams with excess rock and dirt from surface mining.

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency signed off on decision to effectively eliminate a 1983 rule that prohibited dumping mining debris within 100 feet of streams.

"This administration chose its allegiance, that of protecting the economic interests of the coal industry over protecting our mountains, streams and watershed," Kathy Selvage of Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards said in a release.

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