Reps reintroduce Clean Water Protection Act, aiming to curb mountaintop-removal mining

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It’s official: The first shot has been fired in the legislative battle to end the devastating practice of mountaintop-removal coal mining in central Appalachia.

With the quickly growing and extraordinary nationwide support of 117 cosponsors, including 17 members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth (D) from the embattled coal state of Kentucky joined Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) in reintroducing the Clean Water Protection Act on Wednesday.

The act was introduced originally to challenge the outrageous executive rule change by the Bush administration to redefine “fill material” in the Clean Water Act, which has allowed coal companies to blast hundreds of mountains to bits, dump millions of tons of “excess spoil” into nearby valleys, and bury hundreds of miles of streams. An estimated 1,200 miles of waterways have been destroyed by this extreme mining process.

http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2009/3/4/82218/86380?source=daily

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2 Responses

  1. The cold truth is that demand for energy of all types – and especially electricity – is going to keep advancing, domestically and worldwide.

  2. The demand for energy regardless, coal mining and use has disasterous effects upon the environmental and physical health of Appalachia and Appalachian residents. From irreversible destruction of natural beauty and local ecosystems, to the increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease and other aliments associated with the coal industry, the true “costs” of coal are evident.

    Costs extend to more areas than merely money. In reality, we are all paying for usage of coal with our health and the health of the place in which we reside as Americans. Coal companies should not profit at the expense of the health, environment, and bodies of We The People.

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