Obama Seeks Reversal Of Mountaintop Mining Rule

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington (AP) -- The Obama Administration wants to reverse a last-minute bush-era rule that allows mountaintop mining waste to be dumped near streams.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that the administration will ask the courts to abandon a rule that made it easier for coal mining companies to dump waste near streams.

Prior to President George W. Bush's change, regulations since 1983 have barred mining companies from dumping waste within 100 feet of streams if the disposal would diminish water quality or quantity.

The action is the latest by the Obama Administration to address mountaintop removal for coal.

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was cracking down on mountaintop removal by taking a closer look at some 150 to 200 permits.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Phillip C. (Phil) Smith Location: Davisville, Wood Conty, WV on Apr 28, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    Wind, solar, water wave and other sources of energy must no longer be referred to as "Alternative" energy sources. Coal and other carbon-based fuels shouldn't even be considered as "alternatives" but should be eliminated altogether. Even in West Virginia, our coal resources are estimated to last another 30 years, tops. Then what? With our vast talent, intuition, drive and motivation among our hard-working, dedicated citizens, this beloved state can be at the forefront of "green" technologies. It's not a matter of when or how; it's a matter of "We must." At present - if one considers who owns everything from hardwoods to mineral extraction - you'll be hard-pressed to find a genuine West Virginia owned company involved. As much as I Love this beautiful state, it's sad to think we're just one big company town. I'm really surprised we don't still use company script instead of greenbacks as our primary currency. "Montani Semper Liberi," -Phil Smith Davisville, Wood County, WV
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    Too bad he can't reverse everything Bush did while in office.
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