Plan Approved: The Colowyo Coal Mine Will Stay Open

Photo: Craig coal 19 | Colowyo Coal active pit close
The Colowyo Mine about 30 miles south of Craig, Colo. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

has signed off on a plan to keep the Colowyo mine open in northwestern Colorado.

The move follows a court-ordered environmental review, which concluded that the climate-change impact of the coal to be mined and eventually burned was insignificant.

It's not clear if the approval is final or subject to the approval of the federal judge who ordered the new review because the old one didn't involve public participation or take the greenhouse gases produced by the coal into account.