Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Administration Taking on Mountaintop Removal?

Editorial by Kennedy Emphasizes Need for Intervention

Prominent environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote an editorial published in The Washington Post this morning that heralds good news for Appalachian communities in Kentucky and West Virginia that have been living under the shadow of mountaintop removal coal mining operations for decades. Following new directives from the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency is beginning to reengage in the fight against the pollution and devastation caused by mountaintop removal. The decision of the EPA on Tuesday to order the reassessment of a permit for a dumping operation by Highland Mining in West Virginia seems to be the beginning of renewed scrutiny on the part of the federal government:

Hope in the Mountains - by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The debate over coal mining and coal-generated energy is one that is certainly relevant in our region of Appalachia as well. Not even two weeks ago, The Marietta Times also published a short series of stories on the changing landscape of the coal industry in our region. The first is an article titled "Coal and Nature" by Connie Cartmell that discusses the changing relationship between coal companies and environmentalism. The second article was written by Justin McIntosh, and is titled "Clean coal: Reality or pipe dream?" -- which highlights the debate over clean coal power in the Appalachian region.

If you have a few minutes, we encourage you to read all of the articles above.

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