Colorado has missed by almost a year an air pollution permit deadline for the West Elk Mine near Paonia, a major Western Slope source of volatile organic compounds, n-hexane, methane and other pollutants, according to a lawsuit filed by a coalition of environmental groups.
Arch Coal-owned West Elk applied for an air pollution permit in 2020, and the review deadline under the federal Clean Air Act was September 2021, but the state has still not acted on the permit, the lawsuit said. The coalition is asking the court to force state regulators to make a quicker decision on the coal mine’s permit. A coalition with many of the same members successfully argued for quicker state action in lawsuits over a long-delayed permit for Suncor Energy on the Front Range.
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