Tuesday March 24, 2009
EPA halts hundreds of mountaintop mining permits
by The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency put hundreds of mountaintop coal-mining permits on hold Tuesday, saying it wants to evaluate the projects' impact on streams and wetlands.
The decision, announced by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, targets a controversial practice that allows coal mining companies to dump waste from mountaintop mining into streams and wetlands.
It could delay 150-250 permits being sought by companies wanting to begin blasting mountaintops to access coal.
Those permits are issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, an agency that has been criticized by environmental groups and has been sued for failing to thoroughly evaluate the environmental impact of mountaintop removal.
It's about f'in time! Apparently the EPA is going back to doing their job after 8 yrs of corporate pandering. Next step: Shut down those in operation who have already ruined hundreds of miles of Appalachian rivers and creeks.
I'll bet the republicrats at the WV capital, including the dip shit governor and the corporate lackeys at the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection (Permitting) are shitting themselves.
Now, if we could just get a sign that the Obama administration has NOT fallen for the corpo-fascist "clean coal" bullshit.