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Appalachia Says 'Not Good Enough' to Obama Mountaintop Mining Plan

By Stacy Morford

Jun 11, 2009

The , which has the authority to review the permits under the Clean Water Act, then halted a handful of mining plans in March and said it would take a closer look at about 150 more that were pending. A few weeks ago, however, the EPA said it would 42 of the first 48 permits through.

One of the most important government moves so far was the request in April for a U.S. District Court to vacate the Bush administration’s last minute changes to the .

Until last year, the rule prohibited the dumping of mining waste within 100 feet of a stream unless the company could prove that its actions wouldn’t hurt the water quality or quantity, though lax enforcement meant the rule was often ignored. The Bush administration opened a loophole in November, rewriting the rule so it doesn’t apply to permanent excess spoil fills and coal waste disposal facilities.

"The only way to end the devastation in Appalachia is to quickly reverse the Bush administration's rule making it legal to fill streams with mining waste," Executive Director Carl Pope said today.

"The true test of these new policies and of President Obama's legacy on this issue will be whether they change the terrible situation on the ground in Appalachia."

 

See also:

Appalachia's Best Hope for Ending Mountaintop Mining

Religion's View from Appalachia: Only God Should Move Mountains

Dam Breach in Tennessee Releases Tsunami of Toxic Coal Sludge

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Thank you

Thank you very much for the article! very !

At the end of the day, these

At the end of the day, these coal still remains one of the cheapest power sources - that's why its still being mined. Yes, it is disappointing, but you have to be realistic from an economic perspective.

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Good work! Your article is an excellent example of why I keep comming back to read your excellent quality content that is forever updated. Thank you!

MTR

I am very disappointed in the Obama administrations foot dragging policy to do the right thing. Coal companies will surely mine coal in the future......Why can't they just stop mountain top removal right now!!!!!!!! It is so wrong. There is no excuse for this destruction to go on.

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