Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Breaking news: EPA Places Hold On Mt. Top Mines

MSNBC is reporting that the EPA has placed a hold on mountain top removal mining permits until such time as the impact on streams and wetlands can be assessed.

Announced by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the move targets a controversial practice by coal mining companies that blasts away whole peaks and sends mining waste into streams and wetlands. It does not apply to existing mines, but to requests for new permits, a number estimated to be as high as 200.

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