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|Originally Posted: 18 March 2011|
Save Appalachian Communities From Mountaintop Mining
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Urge your Representative and Senators to oppose any legislation that would restore the Spruce No. 1 mine and limit EPA’s veto authority.
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I strongly support the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to prevent the dumping of coal mine waste associated with the Spruce No. 1 mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia. Congress should respect the decisions of scientists at EPA, who have the expertise to assess the environmental consequences of discharge projects like the Spruce Mine. I call on you to oppose legislative efforts to undo this "veto" and weaken the Clean Water Act.
The Spruce Mine decision highlights the importance of EPA's "veto" authority. Based on detailed scientific evidence, the decision amply documents the harm to stream flow, water quality, wildlife habitat and fisheries that can be expected to result from letting this highly destructive project move forward. The "veto" authority has only been used thirteen times since the enactment of the Clean Water Act, and is reserved for projects, like the Spruce Mine, which will cause extreme harm to our environment or human health.
I urge you to oppose any bills that attack EPA's ability to protect the public under the Clean Water Act. Rep. David McKinley's H.R. 457 and Sen. Joe Manchin's S. 272 would undo the Spruce 1 Mine veto and prevent similar vetoes in the future. Rep. Don Young's H.R. 517 would entirely repeal the EPA's veto authority under the Clean Water Act. These bills are an attack on the Appalachian Mountains and its people.
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