Victory! Rosebud Coal Mine Clean Water Act Challenge (MT)
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is again shirking its responsibility to protect communities' clean water and repair polluted rivers and streams in favor of Big Coal. In this case that agency has issued a Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) permit - a permit to discharge pollution- to the Rosebud coal mine that does not protect clean water or even comply with the federal Clean Water Act - the law aimed at protecting clean water.
Instead of truly addressing the issues of existing water pollution, and impaired waterways, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has instead issued a MPDES permit that allows Rosebud coal mine to avoid its responsibilites and ignores the water contamination, which eventually flows into the Yellowstone River, flowing from the mining operation.
Our lawsuit seeks to force the state to follow the law and require the strip-mine operator to clean up its pollution before being permitted to pollute more.
UPDATE: VICTORY!! In March 2016, the Montana First Judicial District Court rejected the water pollution discharge permit that would have allowed the Rosebud Mine to dump toxic heavy metals and other harmful pollutants into state waters without limits. Congratulations to Shiloh Hernandez and many thanks for your work to protect clean water in Montana.
(WELC project #658 and 701)