Center for Biological Diversity

Let the EPA Know You're Watching: Save Pine Creek From Mountaintop Removal

West Virginia valley fill
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In April, the EPA publicly announced that the agency would be "zeroing out" valley fills to protect Appalachian communities from mountaintop-removal coal mining, but then last week, without publicly announcing the action, the agency approved the preliminary permit for three new valley fills.

Take a minute now to let the EPA know that you're watching, and ask Administrator Lisa Jackson not to issue final approval for the Pine Creek mountaintop-removal coal mine in Logan County, West Virginia. If the permit moves forward, Arch Coal will blow up 760 acres of forest and use the mining waste to permanently fill in nearly 3 miles of stream, killing all life in the stream and poisoning the downstream water for wildlife and human communities.

You can help prevent Pine Creek from joining the 500 mountains and 2,000 miles of streams that have already been sacrificed for mountaintop removal. Send your letter to Administrator Jackson today.

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Please submit comments by September 7, 2010.

West Virginia mountaintop removal mine photo by Denny Tyler.