Writing in the journal Science, scientists from a range of disciplines and institutions are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop issuing mountaintop coal mining permits.
The federal Office of Surface Mining has announced its proposals for strengthening oversight of strip mining to protect the environment in Appalachian coal states. One proposal is to conduct so-called “independent” inspections of state-permitted mines.
A case involving four mountaintop mining permits could be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorneys for Earth Justice want the court to revoke the permits because they claim they were improperly issued and allowed major environmental damage to take place.
Activists with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are once again promoting legislation that would prohibit mining companies from dumping waste from mountaintop removal mining in nearby streams.
Mountaintop removal coal mining companies have won some important battles over the past months. That includes a recent finding by a panel of federal judges that will pave the way for a number of new mining permits.
Hear from environmentalists and industry representatives, and have your say at these two upcoming events.