American Rivers call to arms
Tell EPA to reduce stream damage from mountaintop mining! Take action today at: http://amriversaction.ctsg.com/ctt.asp?u=4962&l=7950
Mountaintop mining is a form of strip mining where coal companies literally blast hundreds of feet off the tops of mountain peaks to reach thin seams of coal, and then push millions of tons of the resulting rubble into surrounding valleys and streams. This practice has destroyed more than 700 miles of streams in the Appalachian region since 1985.
On May 29, 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a long overdue Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was supposed to find ways to dramatically reduce the environmental harm from mountaintop mining. While acknowledging the significant harm caused by this practice, EPA did not examine a single alternative that will reduce the damage. Instead, they did just the opposite - looking only at so-called "permit streamlining" provisions that will weaken existing environmental protections.
The Appalachian river activists who have worked so hard and long to stop mountaintop removal mining need your help. Please tell EPA not to weaken environmental protections for the devastating practice of mountaintop mining!
Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement before the clock runs out on January 6th! Take action today at: http://amriversaction.ctsg.com/ctt.asp?u=4962&l=7950
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