Despite some recent promising news, the EPA is waffling. Someone poke them with a sharp stick and remind them that they're supposed to protect the environment, not sell it.
EPA Mining Decisions Favor Coal Industry
Mike Lillis, The Washington Independent: "Despite renewed vows to protect
Appalachian waterways from the ravages of mountaintop coal mining, the
Environmental Protection Agency has recently authorized a number of
pending mountaintop permits that will bury dozens of streams in the
nation's oldest mountain range. The move has left mining supporters
cheering the federal endorsement of a popular extraction method,
environmentalists wondering if the Obama administration truly intends to
prioritize water-quality concerns above those of the powerful coal
industry, and both sides unsure what to expect of mountaintop permitting
in the future."