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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WASHINGTON - Media outlets reported today that Steven Gardner, a coal industry insider beholden to polluters, has withdrawn his nomination to Direct the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).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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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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