Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) is the 166th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal mining ban

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Bill Foster, a second term northern Illinois Democrat has signed on as the 166th co-sponsor, including chief sponsor Frank Pallone (D-NJ) of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310). The bill would effectively ban the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. Before running for Congress, Foster was a particle physicist at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. While there, he helped discover the heaviest know form of matter, the “top quark.” Foster is also a former businessman, having started Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., with his brother Fred in their basement. The company now manufactures most of the theater lighting equipment in the United States.

Paul Ryder, Organizing Director, Ohio Citizen Action