EPA pledges new mountain top removal protections
EPA Rules May End Mountaintop Mining
New pollution restrictions put in place today by the EPA could all but end the controversial practice of mountaintop mining in Appalachia. Environmentalists hate the method, in which miners blow off the top of a mountain, extract the coal, and dump the extra rock and soil into the valley below. When rain runs down through the rubble, it contaminates the streams below.
The new EPA standard on clean water will make it all but impossible for most if not all such operations to continue.
The EPA’s good news for American rivers