EPA Issues Historic Veto on Arch Coal’s Spruce Mine

Veto Retroactively Stops Largest MTR Mine in West Virginia

Repost from the Understory

By Amanda Starbuck

Excellent news this morning from Washington DC! Today, the EPA announced that they are vetoing the Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

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Big Coal Launches Assault On EPA

Emboldened by Mid-Term Elections, Big Coal, Big Oil and GOP Prepare to Wage War
The sharks smell the blood in the water.

The opposition is emboldened.

Whatever are we to do?

After the “shellacking” that the Dems took at the hands of the teabaggers (love that double entendre), it’s obvious that the corporations, the front groups and the right wing climate skeptics taking over Congress are getting all George Patton on us and mounting a full frontal assault on the environment.

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Spruce Mine: Another Nail in the Coffin for Mountaintop Removal

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

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RAN Activists Dump Half a Ton of Coal Rubble on Lisa Jackson’s Front Lawn

Anti-Coalistas Cited for "Failure to Remove Dangerous Condition" While Appalachia is Still Pulverized
This morning Rainforest Action Network activists dropped half a ton of coal rubble from Appalachia on the front lawn of the EPA.  This is part of the effort to compel the agency to veto the 2,278-acre Spruce mountaintop mine project in Blair, W.Va., which is the largest mountaintop mine project ever proposed.

The activists were detained and ironically issued citations for “Failure to obey order to remove dangerous condition.”  Of course, the coal industry never gets citations like that after blasting the tops off of mountains in Appalachia.

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EPA Uses Science, Health and Environmental Justice to Guide New Rules on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Appalachians Hail Announcement by Lisa Jackson as Victory for Communities and Clean Water Act
reposted from the Understory

by Amanda Starbuck

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today a major new guidance document that provides the coal industry and coal-state regulators with “clarity” regarding the permitting of mountaintop removal coal mining. This comes just days after the EPA blocked the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history.

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EPA moves to block the largest MTR mine in West Virginia

Pro-Coal Democrats and Industry Lobbyists React
Reposted from the Understory

by Amanda Starbuck

We’re hearing some reassuring news from the EPA this morning.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is moving to block the largest mountaintop removal mining permit in West Virginia history, at Spruce Mine, operated by Arch Coal in Logan County.

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Breaking: Anti-MTR Activists Risk Arrest at EPA HQ with Elaborate Protest

Demand Immediate Action to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Activists Risk Arrest with Elaborate Protest at EPA HQ; Demand Immediate Action to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Group Erects Purple Mountain Majesty At EPA; Say “If Administrator Lisa Jackson Won’t Visit the Appalachian Mountains, They Will Bring The Mountains to Her”

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