By Andrew Restuccia - 01/14/11 09:34 PM EST
EPA announced Thursday that it is using its Clean Water Act authority to veto the Spruce Number One Mine. The decision marks the first time the agency has vetoed a project that has already been approved. The permit for the project was approved in 2007, but it never moved forward because it was caught up in a number of legal battles.
Tomblin slammed the agency for its decision Thursday and said he would continue to pursue a lawsuit filed by his predecessor, Joe Manchin, who is now one of the state's U.S. senators.