EPA's Choice This Week: Crucify Appalachia or Stand Up to Big Coal Lobby

Some things should go with­out say­ing, but they don't.

pho­to cred­it: Chad Stevens

After forty years of reck­less dev­as­ta­tion and crim­i­nal vio­la­tions, the fate of clean water and human rights in the Appalachi­an coal­fields is now in the hands of Lisa Jack­son.

Novem­ber 29, 2010

No one in Wash­ing­ton, DC–outside of Pres­i­dent Obama–will deter­mine the future of clean water and health care in the Appalachi­an coal­fields more than EPA admin­is­tra­tor Lisa Jack­son.

This Wednes­day, Decem­ber 1st, marks the end of the pub­lic com­ment peri­od over her agency’s pro­posed guide­lines to crack down on the egre­gious and irre­versible impacts of moun­tain­top removal min­ing on fed­er­al­ly pro­tect­ed streams, water­sheds and Appalachi­an com­mu­ni­ties.

After forty years of reck­less dev­as­ta­tion and crim­i­nal vio­la­tions, after all the shoutin’ is over by Big Coal lob­by­ists and their bankrolled politi­cians, the fate of clean water and human rights in the Appalachi­an coal­fields is now in the hands of Lisa Jack­son.

Will the EPA stand up to the Big Coal lob­by and their mis­lead­ing ad cam­paigns, and stand by their own guid­ance rules based on the Clean Water Act and sci­ence?

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