EPA says it can stop mountaintop removal mining, sites put on hold

According to Deborah Zabarenko of Reuters.com:

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it has the legal power to block permits for so-called mountaintop coal mines, a move that could affect hundreds of mining operations.

The EPA voiced concerns about the controversial mining practice and said it could veto permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers if the mines would permanently impair water quality by fouling valley streams.”

This is a major step forward for the environmentalists, conservationists, and community organizers who have been working to put an end to this reckless practice. Thank you all for your work. Kudos also go out to the Obama administration, who presumably had a strong hand in this move, for following through with the environmental policies the president set forth on the campaign trail last year. I just hope this doesn’t get tied up in court for several years before we see a conclusion.

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~ by ethmgallagher on March 24, 2009.

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