Permits On Hold

Excitement versus fear.

Ecstatic environmentalists in contrast to those in the mining industry who predict “massive layoffs” due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that mountaintop removal mining permits have been put on hold until:

the projects’ impacts on streams and wetlands can be reviewed

If truly interested in what mountaintop mining is all about, here’s the two camps: Mountaintop Mining and I Love Mountains; here’s the scoop from the EPA on mountaintop mining.

Jeff Biggers at Alternet has more:

It’s been a long time coming, but the EPA made a breakthrough announcement today, calling for a halt to select mountaintop removal permits, in order to address their impact on water quality. Whether this is the beginning of a transition to abolish mountaintop removal is yet to be seen, but it is a huge step forward for our country.

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