May 2010

EPA takes steps to curb mountaintop mining

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a bold new set of policies aimed at limiting water pollution from the horribly destructive practice of mountaintop removing mining. The impacts of such coal mining on Appalachian waterways and communities have been profound to date, nearly 2,000 miles of streams throughout the region have been obliterated. Citing new research conclusively demonstrating that burying streams with mining waste causes permanent loss of ecosystems, the EPA issued new measures to protect 95 percent of aquatic life and freshwater streams in central Appalachia, which includes our Cumberland Plateau BioGem.