Urgent Action Needed: EPA Guidance Revoked
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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Earlier this week, a federal judge in D.C. ruled in favor of the coal industry, striking down important guidance the Environmental Protection Agency had put in place to protect the health of communities and streams in Appalachia from mountaintop removal coal mining.
The ruling is largely on a technicality – but meanwhile, residents of Appalachia continue to suffer from air and water pollution and other devastating impacts of mountaintop removal – every single day.
President Obama told the American people that he would let science guide the decisions made by his agencies.
The science is in and it is abundantly clear:
- The impacts of mountaintop removal mining on streams are “pervasive and irreversible,” according to top scientists, and cannot be prevented or corrected by reclamation or mitigation.
- People living near mountaintop mines are 50% more likely to die of cancer and 42% more likely to be born with birth defects compared with other people in Appalachia.
You helped us generate over 60,000 comments to the EPA supporting stronger protections that are now in jeopardy. This week’s court ruling does not change President Obama’s ability – or responsibility – to stop the devastating impacts of mountaintop removal on Appalachian families and communities.
Now more than ever, Americans need to stand by the Appalachian people and mountains and call for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining.
For the Mountains,