For Immediate Release
Brian Willis, 202.675.2386, Brian.Willis@sierraclub.org
Sierra Club Statement on Steven Gardner Withdrawing Nomination to Direct OSMRE
WASHINGTON - Media outlets reported today that Steven Gardner, a coal industry insider beholden to polluters, has withdrawn his nomination to Direct the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).
In response, Bill Price, Sierra Club’s Appalachian Organizing Manager, released the following statement:
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“Steven Gardner had no reason being nominated to direct the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in the first place. He’s a lifelong servant of the coal industry who consistently puts the profits of his bosses above the health and safety of coal workers, and the enforcement of our clean air and water laws.
“The agency’s next nominee must be someone who respects our laws, follows the science, and understands the realities of what coal mining pollution does to surrounding communities. As a West Virginian, I will demand nothing less to keep my water and air safe for me and my family.”
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