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West Virginia Law Review

Document Type

Student Note

Abstract

The body of case law construing the regulatory scheme of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 continues to expand. During 1982, courts considered venue, jurisdiction and constitutional issues, the prime farmland grandfather exemption and "second mining." This article examines the courts' continuing attempts to achieve the Act's purpose of "establishing a nationwide program to protect society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations."

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