Citizen Watch Over Appalachia

Written by Amanda Starbuck

Topics: Coal

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Spruce Mine: Photo Courtesy of OVEC

We must thank the 9,263 RAN activists who submitted a public comment to Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, urging that she hold firm and veto the Spruce Mine permit, protect over 2,000 acres of forest and save more than seven miles of streams.

We need to prevent further situations like this – by ensuring that new mine permits do not get approved.

Back in April the EPA announced strong new guidance on mountaintop removal permits. While we hope that these guidelines should prohibit most new MTR operations and their valley fills, this summer we will find out what it really means in practice for the communities on the ground in Appalachia.

We need the EPA to stand firm to their commitments and reject all new permits to mine mountaintop removal coal from the beautiful Appalachian Mountain range.

The coal industry is still trying to blow up some of the most pristine mountains and applying for permits from the EPA to do this. This is not acceptable.

Over the coming weeks and months we will highlight some of the places that King Coal is trying to plunder and call on the EPA to stand firm and live up to their title – to protect our environment.

Please take action today and ask EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to reject all new MTR permits.

We are watching closely and we hold the administration accountable for their actions, to ensure MTR really ends in 2010.

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