By Ellis Juhlin, Montana Public Radio
Two coal mining laws from the 2023 legislative session have been placed on hold by a judge pending federal review.
Chief District Judge Brian Morris ruled Montana’s two new pro-coal policies violated federal law by skipping a window for federal environmental review. That’s required of all state mining policies.
“This really is a prohibition on the state and acting on it until the feds complete their process,” Derf Johnson said.