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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:38 PM
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EPA Approves New Mountain-Top Removal:
EPA Quietly Approves New Mountaintop Removal Permit in Appalachia

HUNTINGTON, W.V. - June 30 - With the nations eyes on the Gulf of Mexico disaster, the Environmental Protection Agency, without publicly announcing the action, has approved a major new mountaintop-removal coal mining permit in Logan County, West Virginia. The permit approves the destruction of nearly three miles of currently clean stream and 760 acres of forest, in a county where at least 13 percent of the land has already been permitted for surface coal mining. This is the first permit decision the EPA has issued under its new mountaintop removal guidelines, which promised unprecedented steps to reduce the negative impacts of surface coal mining on water quality, aquatic life and human health in Appalachia.

After very publicly stating in April that no or very few new valley fills would be permitted, the EPA quietly permitted three new valley fills, said Tierra Curry, a biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity. By approving this permit EPA is willfully ignoring the science showing that mountaintop removal causes irreversible damage to both people and wildlife in Appalachia.

Pollution from mountaintop removal mining has been found to cause deformities and reproductive failure in downstream wildlife and has been associated with cancer clusters in human communities exposed to high levels of coal-mining activity. Human health impacts result from contact with polluted water and from exposure to airborne toxins and dust. Mountaintop removal also causes widespread damage of private property. Earlier this month a state of emergency was declared in southern West Virginia after flooding ravaged the area; a recent study has found that mountaintop removal and valley fill operations lead to increased risk of flooding.

The available science clearly demonstrates that the Obama administration should ban mountaintop-removal coal mining and fund the development of an alternative green economy in Appalachia, said Curry.


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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:40 PM
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1. ...which makes the EPA a corporate lap dog.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:41 PM
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2. It undoes one of Obama's best acts in office.
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 05:50 PM by Radical Activist
Changing rules to make mountaintop removal effectively impossible is one of the best things he has done in office. I hope this doesn't stand. Approval is a long process and this can be reversed. I hope this is a case of the regional office not getting on board rather than a reversal by Obama.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:55 PM
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8. Yes. Is there a conflict or agreement here? I am confused.
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EmeraldCityGrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:42 PM
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3. Shame on you Obama! What a disappointment this administration is. n/t
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:03 PM
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9. Yeah "change we can believe in"
:sarcasm: that kind of "change" I can do without. :mad:
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:43 PM
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4. DISGUSTING
But it's pretty obvious neither the public nor the media nor our govt give a damn about Appalachia.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:43 PM
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5. Because enough "small people" haven't died yet. nt
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:44 PM
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6. damn damn damn
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:46 PM
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7. Bah.
Someone is either a fvcking charlatan or disengaged to the point of stoogery.

and it's getting old already. Seems like 10 long years of it.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:46 PM
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10. DAMN! Absolutely sickening. Silence implies consent, so let the White House know
America deserves far better! GREEN JOBS AND ENERGY NOW!!
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katandmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:14 PM
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11. Wish I could take back my vote
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