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House Fast-Tracks Bill to Limit EPA Power Over Mountaintop Coal Removal

A vote is expected next week on bipartisan legislation that would restrict the power of EPA rules covering mountaintop mining, waterways and wetlands

By Elizabeth McGowan, SolveClimate News

Jun 29, 2011
Mountaintop removal mining in Virginia

In other remarks at the June 22 hearing, Bishop complained that committee leadership hadn’t given its members proper time to review the bill’s potential consequences. Giving states permission to go it alone, he added, flies in the face of science, common sense and decades of EPA experience coordinating the Clean Water Act.

"This bill is a recipe for increased pollution, dirtier waters and more mountaintop removal mining," said Jon Devine, one of Fleischli's fellow water program attorneys at NRDC. "Its supporters seem intent on taking us back to the good old days when rivers like the Cuyahoga caught fire and Lake Erie was declared dead."

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