Written by: Dan Radmacher
June 29, 2011
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The Obama Administration is in the process of reviewing many pending mountaintop removal permits. The administration reviews should be based on the best science available and comply with both the Clean Water Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. In the past this simply hasn’t happened. We have new opportunities to convince the administration to end the most destructive environmental practice in the country and to do it now.
Look at the list of pending permits below. See if an area you want to protect is threatened by mountain top removal. Write the EPA, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the Army Corps of Engineers and tell them you want to bring an end to mountain top removal.
Honorable Lisa Jackson, Administrator
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460
Chairwoman Nancy Sutley
White House Council on Environmental Quality
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Lt. General Robert L. Van Antwerp Headquarters,
US Army Corps of Engineers
441 G. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20314-1000
Please see the sample letter below:
Dear [Decision Maker],
We are pleased that the Obama administration is beginning to take steps to increase oversight of pending mountaintop removal coal mining permit requests and to more strictly enforce existing laws and regulations. The administration must now, however, move more swiftly and forcefully to end mountaintop removal.
EPA’s own scientists have found that filling streams with mining waste have significant impacts downstream, including impacts to aquatic life. Scientists have even found deformed fish in reservoirs downstream from mountaintop removal mines. Over 2000 miles of streams in central Appalachia have either been permanently filled with mining waste or directly impacted by the mines and 1.4 million acres of forest will be impacted. The extreme impacts to the communities, mountains, streams and forests of central Appalachia mandate an end to this destructive practice.
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If you leave the form below blank and click “Search” you will get a list of all permits in the database. You may refine your search by entering search criteria in one or two fields to limit results. For example, to find all 404 permits in WV, type “4″ in the “Type of permit” field and “wv” in the “State” field.