For Immediate Release


Michael Oko, NRDC, 202-513-6245 or cell: 202-904-5245

EPA Puts Brakes On Mountaintop Removal Mining

Takes an Important Step to Protect America's Waterways From Coal Mining Waste

WASHINGTON - In a step toward protecting America’s waterways from mining waste,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it
will continue to review the permits of 79 proposed surface coal-mining
projects in Appalachian states. The EPA stated that it will work with
the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure compliance with the Clean Water
Act and the protection of the nation’s public health and environment.

Following is a statement by Rob Perks, Campaign Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council:

EPA is taking welcome steps to protect Appalachia from the hazardous
impacts of mountaintop removal mining, one of coal industry's most
dirty and destructive activities. The EPA should not permit mining
operations based on regulatory loopholes and lax enforcement practices
that have allowed streams in the Southeast to be treated as waste dumps.

people in Appalachia deserve to have clean streams, rivers, and
waterways -- and it’s up to the EPA to look out for their interests. We
expect the EPA and the Corps to follow-up with the necessary actions to
halt the practice of mountain removal mining and protect America’s


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