Center for Biological Diversity

Ask the EPA to Ban Mountaintop-removal Coal Mining

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This fall the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intention to cancel a permit for the largest mountaintop-removal coal mine in Appalachia. The Spruce Mine would have buried more than seven miles of streams and annihilated 2,300 acres of hardwood forest. At the same time, however, the agency stated that it did not expect to veto other permits. And the very day before halting the Spruce Mine, the agency reached an agreement with a coal company to allow the expansion of another one of the largest mines in Appalachia.

The Environmental Protection Agency is under tremendous political pressure from politicians in the deep pockets of Big Coal who are already demanding the Spruce Mine be allowed to move forward. Earlier this year, the agency caved to these same politicians and revoked an announcement that all pending mountaintop removal permits would be put on hold just 24 hours after the hold was issued.

Please take a minute now to let the Environmental Protection Agency know it's on the right track to protect our lands and water. Send a message thanking Administrator Lisa Jackson for halting the Spruce Mine permit, and ask her to revoke all mountaintop-removal permits.

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Please take action by December 31, 2009.

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Photo: Arch Coal's Hobet 21 mine in Boone County, WV, recently approved by the EPA. Photo by Vivian Stockman, flight courtesy SouthWings.