Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spruce Mine Permit Gets A Veto


 The Obama administration EPA just vetoed the largest single mountaintop removal permit in West  Virginia history.  It is about damned time that at least one of former President Bush’s corporate mining friends got stopped in their tracks.


EPA officials this morning were alerting West Virginia’s congressional delegation to their action, and undoubtedly preparing for a huge backlash from the mining industry and its friends among coalfield political leaders.

In making its decision to veto the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of the 2,300-acre mine proposed for the Blair area of Logan County, EPA noted that it reviewed more than 50,000 public comments and held a major public hearing in West Virginia. EPA officials said their agency is “acting under the law and using the best science available to protect water quality, wildlife and Appalachian communities who rely on clean waters for drinking, fishing and swimming.”