EPA tackles Top-Mining
Readers who’ve been with us for a while know that one of my biggest terrestrial concerns is top-mining, the removal of entire mountain tops to extract ore from inside. This incredibly destructive practice ruins not only the mountain ecosytem, but the valleys where the spoils get dumped, and anything downstream from the processing. So I was very pleased when this report rolled into my Google Reader thuis morning: EPA takes aim at mountaintop mining
In what could be a major shift in federal policy, the Environmental Protection Agency declared today it would be taking a much closer look at the harm done to streams by mountaintop mining for coal.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced that her agency had sent letters voicing “considerable concern” about the environmental impacts of two mining projects in West Virginia and Kentucky. And she declared that EPA would be reviewing other mining permits as well.
“EPA will use the best science and follow the letter of the law in ensuring we are protecting the environment,” she said in the press release.
Could the new administration really change our current topmining practices? I hope so.
~Southern Fried Scientist