Spruce Mine: Another Nail in the Coffin for Mountaintop Removal

Great news today about the Spruce mine.

Another nail in the coffin for mountaintop removal.  We’re part of a mass grassroots movement using legal, political, community and direct action tactics over and over to end this atrocious practice.   A few weeks ago, it was Appalachia Rising, next week it’ll be Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain.

Like Judy Bonds says, we need to keep fighting,  and keep our “eyes on the prize”

EPA Regional Administrator Recommendation to Veto Spruce Mine Permit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nell Greenberg, 510-847-9777

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator, Shawn Garvin, has recommended that his agency veto the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The Spruce mine is one of the largest mountaintop removal mines ever proposed in Central Appalachia, and would result in the destruction of 2,278 acres of temperate rainforest and the burying of 7.5 miles of streams in the Spruce Fork sub-watershed.

Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN):

“We commend EPA regional administrator Garvin, and hope the EPA heeds his recommendations and moves quickly ahead to veto the disastrous Spruce No. 1 mine.

“The science is clear that mountaintop removal is harming water resources in real and measurable ways. We hope the EPA is going to use its full authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Appalachia’s drinking water and resist the enormous pressure coming from the coal industry.”

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EPA Region 3 Recommends Veto for Biggest Mine Permit in West Virginia