Thomas Brinkman

Judge Rules On Bear Mine Permit

Bear Run coal mine in Sullivan County is being told officials there need to better demonstrate how their operations are affecting local waterways.

An Indiana environmental law judge ruled last week that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management did not perform the proper Tier II antidegradation review as mandated by the Clean Water Act.

“It was Peabody’s burden to make an affirmative demonstration that degradation for the receiving waters was justified by economic or social factors that would not cause violations of water supply,” Judge Catherine Gibbs writes.

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Masters Student and Marine Corps Veteran
Currently working towards completing a masters in Global Journalism and Mass Communications at Indiana University with anticipated graduation in August 2014.

Studied at universities in Spain, Germany and the United States while completing bachelors degree and commercial pilots license including multi-engine, instrument, and high performance ratings at Purdue University.

Prior fire direction controller for 81mm mortar section and combat tactics instructor within the Marine Corps Infantry.