It's On! EPA Objects to Permits For Three More Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Operations

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The mining operations the EPA takes umbrage with aren't in Tennessee, but the message remains the same. Photo: Quinn Dombrowski via flickr.

A short while ago, the EPA issued letters to the Army Corps of Engineers objecting to two mountaintop removal coal mining operations and their environmental impact. It was widely taken to be the first shot in the battle to rein in the practice (even if the EPA didn't intend it that way). Well, the EPA has now objected to three more mining operations:The operations in question are one Virginia (the permit for which the EPA wants revoked) and two in West Virginia, one of which is owned by Massey Energy. In all three cases, the EPA says that they likely are in violation of the Clean Water Act.

In similar comments to when the first objection letters were issued, the National Mining Association said that the letters underscore fears of a de factor moratorium on the process of mountaintop removal coal mining.

In case anyone isn't up to speed on what the process involves, you essentially blow up ridgelines on mountains, exposing the seams of coal beneath, and then dump the waste into streams and valleys nearby.

Yes, it's as environmentally destructive as it sounds. So perhaps we should move from a fears of a de factor moratorium on the practice to a de jure moratorium?

via: Huffington Post
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