A more detailed article about the EPA’s recent move against MTR….

I found a better article about the EPA’s current push against mountaintop removal mining.

As Jeff Biggers reports at AlterNet.com:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has sent two letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expressing serious concerns about the need to reduce the potential harmful impacts on water quality caused by certain types of coal mining practices, such as mountaintop mining. The letters specifically addressed two new surface coal mining operations in West Virginia and Kentucky. EPA also intends to review other requests for mining permits.

The article elaborates on the nature of the risk to water quality, and then about the respective positions of the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers. Apparently, the Corps is responsible for issuing the permits, but the EPA has to review them beforehand. Hence their ability to shut the permit process down.

But it gets even better than that:

Because of active litigation in the 4th Circuit challenging the issuance of Corps permits for coal mining, the Corps has been issuing far fewer permits in West Virginia since the litigation began in 2007. As a result, there is a significant backlog of permits under review by the Corps. EPA expects to be actively involved in the review of these permits following issuance of the 4th Circuit decision last month.

EPA is coordinating its action with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and with other agencies including the Corps.

So not only is the EPA putting the Corps on notice, but all the MTR water permits are lined up in a row. Kudos to the EPA.
~Rz

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~ by ethmgallagher on March 25, 2009.

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