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Feature: Mountaintop Removal

MTR Mining Destroys Rivers, Forests and Communities

Across the Appalachians, companies are blowing entire mountaintops to smithereens to get at the thin coal seams below. The communities of the region are paying the cost in their health, their culture and their natural heritage. Big coal companies should not be allowed to turn our nations' oldest mountains into molehills, and NRDC is working with local allies to halt this damaging practice.

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I'm sad to report that Congress is poised to adopt -- as part of an enormous funding bill -- a short-term limit on updating environmental safeguards, in order to benefit companies conducting mountaintop removal coal mining. First, some background.  After...continued

Home Run! Appeals Court Upholds EPA Action to Stop Giant, Polluting Mountaintop Removal Mine

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Even Kids Get It: End Mountaintop Removal Now

Posted January 3, 2013 by Melissa Waage in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today our friends at Appalachian Voices present kids in Appalachia explaining why mountaintop removal mining is a disaster for people and the environment. (Blowing up mountains and dumping mine waste into streams is not a good idea: so simple a child can understand it.) They're asking...continued

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Lisa Jackson recently announced she will be resigning from her post as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Her dedicated leadership will be missed, but she leaves behind an extraordinary legacy that will improve the lives of millions of Americans....continued

New Bill Puts People's Health before Mountaintop Removal Permits

Posted June 20, 2012 by Melissa Waage in Health and the Environment

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There is good news today in the fight to to protect Appalachian communities from the health effects of mountaintop removal mining. Yesterday Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) , Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and eleven other House members introduced The Appalachian Communities Health Emergency ("ACHE")...continued

Chop Hair, Not Mountaintops

Posted June 6, 2012 by Melissa Waage in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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On Memorial Day, West Virginia women shaved their heads on the steps of the state capitol in a call to end mountaintop removal mining. Today, a crowd cheered as more women (and several men) joined the call and and sheared off their hair on Capitol Hill in...continued

Scaredy-Cat Reps Seek Quiet Death for TN Mountaintop Removal Ban

Posted March 28, 2012 by Melissa Waage in Health and the Environment

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Yesterday a state House subcommittee declined to vote on the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act, instead sending it to a summer study panel, where state bills go to die. But there will be no quiet death for this bill. It's still kicking, and so...continued

Governor Curiously Silent on Tennessee Mountaintop Removal

Posted March 9, 2012 by Melissa Waage in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Tennessee is headed toward a historic state Senate decision on whether to ban mountaintop removal mining. Passing the Scenic Vistas Protection Act* would make Tennessee the first state to ban mountaintop blasting for coal within its borders. Plently of people...continued

Blowing up Mountains: Bad for Business in Tennessee

Posted March 5, 2012 by Melissa Waage in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Momentum is building around the Scenic Vistas Protection Act, a state bill to ban high-elevation strip mining, also known as mountaintop removal coal mining, in Tennessee. The bill passed Senate committee last week and could see a vote on the state...continued

Mountaintop Removal Ban Forges Ahead in Tennessee

Posted March 2, 2012 by Melissa Waage in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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As promised, the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act came to a vote in the state Senate Environment Committee earlier this week. The good--and history-making--news is that the bill passed in committee. Now the full Tennessee Senate will, for the first time,...continued

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