29 Jun '11, 11am

Kentucky coal companies remind us why we really, really need the EPA:

Kentucky coal companies remind us why we really, really need the EPA:

In the midst of Big Coal's anti-regulatory crusade, however, Kentucky coal companies have given Americans another unmistakable reminder of exactly why it is that we really, really need an EPA -- and why a poll for the National Resources Defense Council shows that the agency enjoys the overwhelming support of Americans [PDF] from across the political spectrum. The new evidence that was provided by environmental and community groups of fraudulent reporting of pollution discharges by companies -- allegations that were written off by Kentucky regulators as "transcription errors " -- is beyond embarrassing for a state that is complaining to Congress, judges, and anyone else who will listen about how the EPA is overstepping its authority to protect waterways. The premise of the most recent anti-EPA bill is that a bunch of jack-booted thugs from the EPA are coming in and mucking ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-06-28-kentucky-coal-compan...

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