05 May '11, 3am

King Coal gets top billing at mountaintop removal hearing: Where are the people? Where is justice?

The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to protect Appalachian waters from destructive mountaintop removal projects. And anytime EPA tries to do its job, you can expect industry-friendly lawmakers in the House of Representatives to go on the attack. In this case, the House subcommittee that covers Clean Water Act issues is holding two hearings entitled "EPA Mining Policies: Assault on Appalachian Jobs." It's true that mountaintop removal is still legal. It's true that the Obama administration could do more to end the practice. But it's also true that the Environmental Protection Agency has largely been doing its job to address the impacts of mountaintop removal within its existing Clean Water Act authority and in keeping with current, peer-reviewed science. For example, EPA has clarified, in writing, the scientific basis on which its staff may evaluate the water qual...

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