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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2009
THE BLOG OF THE RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

Boston Activists Call for EPA Action on Mountaintop Removal

Seven conscious individuals were joined by five Boston police officers at the Region 1 office of the EPA in Boston. It was a simple demonstration of solidarity with activists across the country who are using a variety of tactics to demand the EPA use their power to immediately end mountaintop removal coal mining. Those gathered held signs and passed out educational literature as they waited for a representative from the office to address them. The activists were greeted kindly by Douglas Gutro, Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator. Mr. Gutro was well-informed on the issue and on today's events, telling the group that a statement had just been released by the DC office. He stated that he had no direct influence on this case, as it's outside his region, but accepted a letter addressed to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and said he would pass along the message. Mr. Gutro referred to the last anti-MTR action that took place at his office, when activists dropped a four story banner from the adjacent parking garage, calling it "impressive."

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