strip mining en Federal Judge Overturns EPA Water Quality Regulations <p>A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its powers by setting up water-quality criteria for coal mining operations in Appalachia.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton in Washington ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by a coal mining industry coalition against the EPA and Administrator Lisa Jackson. Walton said the EPA infringed on the authority given to state regulators by federal clean water and surface mining acts.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:09:05 +0000 The Associated Press 1177 at