Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has vetoed the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The Spruce mine is one of the largest mountaintop removal mines ever proposed in Central Appalachia, and would result in the destruction of 2,278 acres of temperate rainforest and the burying of 7.5 miles of streams in the Spruce Fork sub-watershed.
Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN):
“The science is clear that mountaintop removal is harming water resources in real and measurable ways. We commend the EPA for taking this significant step to protect Appalachia’s drinking water.”
“Were this mine site to go ahead, it would have destroyed beautiful and ecologically valuable Appalachian streams: Pigeonroost Branch, and Oldhouse Branch, and their tributaries. The EPA has resisted enormous pressure from Arch Coal and the coal industry lobby in carrying out its responsibility to put the protection of our environment and the communities who depend upon it, ahead of corporate profits.”
For more on the Spruce Mine veto decision you can read Amanda's blog post: EPA Issues Historic Veto on Arch Coal’s Spruce Mine