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NFC: Fw: DEN Alert: Stop Disastrous Mountaintop Removal Mining!
STOP DISASTROUS MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) are attempting to rewrite the Clean Water Act to
severely threaten our nation's rivers, streams, wetlands and
wildlife that live there. The rule change would overturn a recent
court decision which found that the waste disposal practices
associated with mountaintop removal coal mining violates the Clean
Water Act. We need your help to stop mountaintop removal, an
environmentally horrific mining technique uses explosives to tear
away whole mountain peaks to get at coal deposits underneath. The
debris is then bulldozed into the valleys below, completely burying
forests, streams and fragile wildlife habitat.
The Corps' proposal would allow mountaintop removal mining to
continue by giving the agency new authority to allow polluting
industries to dump mining waste directly into our nation's scenic
rivers, mountain streams and fragile wetlands -- areas which provide
habitat for wildlife and recreational and fishing opportunites for
WHAT CAN YOU DO:
Please take a minute and send a free e-mail to the Army Corps of
Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency and tell them
that you do not support mountaintop removal mining and the dumping
of waste into our waterways. Feel free to personalize the sample
letter below. Your comments must be received NO LATER THAN MONDAY,
JUNE 19, 2000.
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"==END OF LETTER==."
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==== START OF LETTER - ALERT 19 ==== DO NOT REMOVE THIS MARKER
RE: Proposed Rule FR Doc. 00-9940
Dear federal water managers:
I am extremely concerned about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and
the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Proposed Revisions to
the Clean Water Act definitions of "Fill Material" and "Discharge
of Fill Material." I am opposed to the redifinition of "fill"
material to encompass waste, which will give the Army Corps new
authority to permit the dumping of mountaintop mining waste, and
other kinds of solid waste, into our waterways.
This proposal will greatly undermine a federal court ruling that
closed a loophole allowing the environmentally horrific practice of
mountaintop removal mining. This controversial technique uses
explosives to tear away whole peaks to get at coal deposits
underneath. The debris is then bulldozed and dumped into the
valleys below, completely burying forests and streams and wildlife
Now, you are attempting to rewrite the Clean Water Act's rules to
allow the dumping of mountaintop mining waste, and many other kinds
of waste into our waterways. This would have disastrous implications
for rivers, streams, wildlife, and communities all across the country.
I urge you not to pursue such actions that will weaken the Clean
Water Act and jeopardize our environment and local communities.
Please accept my comments and make them part of the public record
on this important matter.
(your name and signature will automatically be added here)
==== END OF LETTER - ALERT 19 ==== DO NOT REMOVE THIS MARKER
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