A while back, I put up a post on Mountaintop Removal Mining, and how it's destroying Appalachia.
Well, today, I got an email from a friend with the following update:
The Clean Water Protection Act restores the integrity of the landmark 1977 legislation, The Clean Water Act, which was enacted by Congress to "restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and of the Nation's waters." For 25 years, the Clean Water Act (CWA) allowed for the granting of permits to place "fill material" into waters of the United States, provided that the primary purpose of the "filling" was not for waste disposal. As such, the CWA prohibited mountaintop removal operations from using the nation's waterways as waste disposal sites. That changed in 2002, when the Army Corps of Engineers, under the direction of the Bush administration and without congressional approval, altered its longstanding definition of "fill material" to include mining waste. This change, which the CWPA would reverse, accelerated the devastating practice of and the destruction of more than 1,200 miles of Appalachian streams.
This is great news, and a step in the right direction, but we can't take our foot off the gas pedal quite yet. For more details, check out ILoveMountains.org.