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Court vacates Blair Mountain delisting from Historic Places registry

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BLAIR, WV — “A federal judge in Washington on Monday ruled that the U.S. Interior Department was wrong when it removed the site of the Blair Mountain labor battle from the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton granted a motion for summary judgment sought by a coalition of environmental and historic preservation groups that challenged a decision by state officials and the Interior Department’s Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places that Blair Mountain should be delisted.

Walton said that the determination to delist Blair Mountain — made at the urging of a lawyer for coal companies that own potential mining sites in the area — violated federal law, in part because it was based on ‘very little, if any, indicia of reasoned decision making.’”

— Ken Ward, Jr, Charleston Gazette

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