Coal / Mountaintop Removal

EPA makes unprecedented move

Adrian Wilson sits atop of giant tripod as he joins other protesters outside EPA headquarters in Washington, Thursday, March 18, 2010. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON, DC — “The United States Environmental Protection Agency made their intentions to block mine permits for a Mountaintop Removal Mine located in Logan County loud and clear today. They did so despite the fact the mine had already received a federal permit.

This move is the most aggressive by the Obama Administrations re-examination of Mountaintop Removal Mining. The EPA has made it clear that it intends to stop the Spruce Number One mine located in Southern West Virginia, about 300 miles from Washington. Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA has the power to veto projects that could cause ‘adverse impacts.’ This is only the 12th time since 1972 that the EPA has used this power and the first time in a case where a mine had already been granted a permit.”

— Tammy Rose, Clay County Environmental News Examiner

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