EPA steps in for mountain top removal – Utne

The Environmental Protection Agency has finally taken a stronger stance on mountain-top coal mining, Thursday announcement that it would crack down on the industry practice of blowing up mountains and dumping rubble into mountain streams. It’s not clear if last week is colorful demonstration in front of the EPA played a role, but it certainly couldn’t hurt.

The announcement came as very good news for environmentalists discouraged by Obama’s support earlier in the week for a massive expansion offshore oil drilling. The administration’s new automobile energy efficiency deadline– a fleet average of 35.5 mpg by 2016 – also announced on Thursday added a bit more spring to the green stage.

Writing Jeff Biggers at Huffington Post:

… The mountain top removal nightmare seems to come to the end of a long and winding road of regulation.

Lorelei Scarbro, a Coal River Mountain Watch Community organizer and West Virginia resident said, “We are very grateful that the EPA is basing its decision on science, environmental justice, and the health and well-being of coalfield residents. It’s a big problem. This is the beginning of the end for valley fillings and mountain tops clearing. We do not leave our mountains.

Judy Bonds, Co-Director of Coal River Mountain Watch was chosen as Utne’s visionary in 2009.

Source: Huffington Post

Image by the Sierra Club, licensed Creative Commons.

Posted on April 2, 2010

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