SAN FRANCISCO (September 10, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it intends to block the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck, Rainforest Action Network’s Global Finance Campaign Director.
“EPA’s move to veto the Spruce mine permit is a big step for Appalachia’s historic mountains, clean water and community health. It is clear that EPA is responding to the resounding citizen opposition against blowing apart our nation’s oldest mountains.
“It seems that EPA Administrator Jackson’s concern over the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on human health and waterways is now translating into meaningful action.
“The science is clear that mountaintop removal is harming water resources in real and measurable ways. We hope that the Spruce Mine veto is a sign that EPA is going to begin using its full authority to stop this devastating practice.
"We urge the EPA to take holistic and preventative measures, to issue no new MTR permits and end this devastating practice once and for all.”
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