Dear River Advocate,
Recently the people and rivers of Appalachia scored a tremendous victory. After receiving more than 50,000 comments from concerned citizens like you, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) struck down a permit for what would have been the largest mountaintop removal coal mining operation in West Virginia’s history. Please thank EPA for their bold action.
As highlighted in American Rivers’ America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2010 report, mountaintop removal mining buries streams and is incredibly harmful to clean water, fish and wildlife, and public health. West Virginia’s Spruce No. 1 Mine would have destroyed 2,200 acres of mountains and forest and six miles of high-quality streams.
EPA’s decision sends a strong statement against mountaintop removal mining across the region, and Administrator Lisa Jackson deserves our thanks. Please send a note to Administrator Jackson today, thanking EPA for its bold action to protect clean water.