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State agency cites surface mine near Kanawha State Forest for failing to test well groundwater


CHARLESTON, West Virginia — State regulators have cited a surface mine near Kanawha State Forest for failing to test groundwater at a resident's well.

The Division of Environmental Protection tells The Sunday Gazette-Mail ( ) that the citation was issued to Keystone Development's KD No. 2 mine on Friday.

The DEP had previously cited the mine for sediment control issues and issued a cease operations order. The mine resumed operations by the end of July after correcting the problem.

The mine is opposed by environmental groups and a coalition of residents who say it would have significant effects on the forest and local neighborhoods. The opponents have asked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to rescind the mine's permit.

Information from: The Charleston Gazette,

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