To Protect Appalachian Waters, Communities: EPA Strongly Defends Its Veto of One of Largest Ever Mountaintop Removal Proposals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. May 14, 2012 — On Friday afternoon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a notice that it is appealing the U.S. District Court decision that overturned the agency's veto under the Clean Water Act of the extremely destructive Spruce No. 1 mine, one of the nation's largest proposed mountaintop removal coal mines. The appeal will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. http://yubanet.com/usa/EPA-Strongly-Defends-Its-Veto-of-One-of-Largest-Mountaintop-Removal-Mines-Ever-Proposed.php By: Earthjustice

On March 23, in a case brought against the EPA by the Mingo Logan Coal Company, the operator of the proposed Spruce No. 1 Mine, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the coal company's attack on EPA's science-based veto decision. Earthjustice and several Appalachian client groups vowed to persist in their fight for clean water, healthy communities, and protections from the most extreme form of energy extraction in this nation. After this court decision, more than 60,000 Americans sent messages to the EPA in support of its veto, urging it to continue exercising and defending its full authority to protect Appalachian citizens from this extremely harmful mining practice.

The following is a statement from West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Coal River Mountain Watch, and Sierra Club – all of whom are amici curiae (or "friends of the court"), represented by Earthjustice and Appalachian Mountain Advocates, in support of EPA's veto:

"We are heartened to see the Environmental Protection Agency press forward in its commitment to enforce the 40-year-old Clean Water Act and to ensure that the full protections of that law are finally brought to Appalachia, where they've been ignored for too long. As EPA's Spruce veto determination recognized, sound science shows that it is unacceptable for a coal company to destroy more than 2,000 mountain acres and fill over six miles of vital streams with mining waste pollution, and we will continue standing behind EPA's decision to prevent the irreversible devastation to waterways and communities that the Spruce No. 1 mine would bring.

"The fundamental right of all Americans to safe and clean water was established 40 years ago with the passage of the Clean Water Act. No one in Appalachia or beyond should be forced to live with the water pollution and wholesale environmental destruction that coal companies are wreaking through mountaintop removal mining. We're glad to see the EPA's decision to stand up to the coal industry and continue defending the basic right of everyday Appalachian families to clean water."

Earthjustice (www.earthjustice.org) is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.

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THANK YOU FOR POSTING THAT. It doesn't seem like the fight is over but I am glad the EPA is not budging....at least from what I read. I was one of the many who sent in a letter of support. I hope others on this message board are getting motivated to join in on simple actions that we can take that do make a difference!

I do appreciate your topics.

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