Groups appeal permit for Flagstaff coal mine

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FLAGSTAFF – A coalition of tribal groups and conservationists have appealed the federal government’s decision to renew a permit that combines the facilities and coal reserves of two northeastern Arizona coal mines.

The Office of Surface Mining approved a life of mine permit last month that covers Peabody Energy’s Kayenta Mine and allows operations to continue there until 2026.

In their appeal filed Thursday, the groups cited concerns about air and water pollution, global warming, ground water depletion and impacts to religious freedom.


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