Posted by: greeningwashington | March 24, 2009

EPA v. King Coal

The EPA today announced its concerns about the effects of mountaintop mining on water quality in West Virginia and Kentucky.

The EPA issued two formal letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which express concern over the dumping of mountaintop mining debris. In sum, the letters state that mountaintop coal mines pose a serious threat to water quality and that the current policies in place to mitigate these effects are inadequate.

It is the Corps’ responsibility to issue Clean Water Act permits for surface coal mining projects, and it is the EPA’s duty to review and comment on the environmental impacts prior to the issuance of the permits. Under the Bush administration’s watch, permits were handed out like candy. As for the EPA, they were complacent staying quiet on the issue.

We’ll see if anything substantial happens.

Until next time.

(it is a cool feeling when you report a story before the NYT!)



  1. Nice!

  2. Who was in charge of the EPA under Bush? Thats cool you reported before the Times!

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