|Zinn Education Project map shows several coalfields, now|
considered part of one single Central Appalachian coalfield.
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District Judge Reggie B. Walton "said that federal officials had simply rubber stamped a state recommendation, did not independently verify the accuracy of a list of objecting landowners, and failed to act in a transparent manner," Ward writes. "Walton sent the matter back to the Interior Department for the 'exercise of reasoned decision making.'" Walton had earlier ruled that citizen lacked standing to challenge the de-listing, but that was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. (Read more)