Center for Biological Diversity

Tell EPA: Mountaintop Removal is Environmental Injustice

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Appalachia is being destroyed for dirty coal -- speak up today for its residents. The EPA is accepting comments until tomorrow night (Friday, October 22) on how the agency can improve environmental conditions and public health in communities which are disproportionately burdened by pollution.

In Appalachia, coal companies blow the tops off mountains and then dump the toxic waste directly into streams, poisoning drinking-water supplies, killing and deforming wildlife and leading to increased rates of cancer in human communities. In some counties, nearly a quarter of the total land has been permitted for coal mining. Residents also face air pollution, noise, flying rocks, severe floods and the constant threat of flooding from coal slurry storage dams.

On top of all this pollution, the money from coal mining isn’t trickling down to the residents. After 40 years of surface coal mining, the counties with the most mining remain among the poorest counties in the country.

Let the EPA know today that mountaintop-removal coal mining is an environmental justice issue and that they should act to protect Appalachia from further devastation. Comments are due tomorrow night, October 22.

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Please submit comments by October 22, 2010.

Mining-contaminated drinking water photo (c) Vivian Stockman.

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