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House panel to host mountaintop mining hearing

Associated Press Published: June 1, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A longtime West Virginia activist is testifying before Congress about mountaintop removal coal mining.

Maria Gunnoe of Bob White is appearing Friday morning before a House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.

She'll talk about the battle over Arch Coal's planned Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to appeal a federal court ruling that overturned its veto of a key water pollution permit for one of West Virginia's largest mountaintop removal mines.

That appeal hadn't been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

Also invited to testify are: Thomas Bostick of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; and Joseph Pizarchik of the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

The hearing will be streamed live online.