mountaintop removal http://wfpl.org en Judge Grants Temporary Injunction, Environmental Groups Appeal Kentucky Mine Decision http://wfpl.org/post/judge-grants-temporary-injunction-environmental-groups-appeal-kentucky-mine-decision <p>A judge has temporarily halted work at a surface mine in Eastern Kentucky, while he considers an appeal.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:41:12 +0000 Erica Peterson 6714 at http://wfpl.org Judge Grants Temporary Injunction, Environmental Groups Appeal Kentucky Mine Decision New Study Pinpoints Unique Isotopes in Pollution From Mountaintop Removal Mines http://wfpl.org/post/new-study-pinpoints-unique-isotopes-pollution-mountaintop-removal-mines <p><a href="http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/news/mountaintop-mining-pollution-has-distinct-isotopic-fingerprint" target="_blank">A new study</a> has identified the specific isotopes of pollutants that leave mountaintop removal sites and enter Appalachian waterways. The new data could help researchers determine how much of a stream’s pollution is due to coal mining.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:13:28 +0000 Erica Peterson 6490 at http://wfpl.org New Study Pinpoints Unique Isotopes in Pollution From Mountaintop Removal Mines Scientists Call For Moratorium on Mountaintop Removal Mining http://wfpl.org/post/scientists-call-moratorium-mountaintop-removal-mining <p>Call it a battle of the researchers. Scientists who have both affirmed and denied connections between mountaintop removal coal mining and serious health problems have intensified their efforts to bring public attention to their work recently. Today, a commission of scientists <a href="http://www.chej.org/wp-content/uploads/MTR_Mining_Final_April_18_2013.pdf" target="_blank">released an analysis</a> of some of the recent research, and concluded that there should be a moratorium on mountaintop removal.</p><p>Over the past few years, researchers have found links between surface coal mining and maladies like <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/study-illness-more-likely-eastern-kentucky-coal-county-non-coal-counties" target="_blank">asthma, COPD,</a> <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2011/06/21/study-links-mountaintop-removal-mining-to-birth-defects/" target="_blank">birth defects</a> and <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22043094" target="_blank">cancer</a>. The coal industry has largely dismissed the results of those studies, arguing that the researchers are biased and the findings aren’t scientifically sound. Now, the <a href="http://www.chej.org/" target="_blank">Center for Health, Environment and Justice</a> has formed an independent commission to review the current research and offer recommendations. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:07:54 +0000 Erica Peterson 5103 at http://wfpl.org Scientists Call For Moratorium on Mountaintop Removal Mining Appeals Court Upholds EPA's Veto of W. Va. Mine Permit http://wfpl.org/post/appeals-court-upholds-epas-veto-w-va-mine-permit <p>A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency <em>didn’t</em> overstep its authority when it vetoed a permit for a coal mine in West Virginia.</p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers issued a water pollution permit to Arch Coal in 2007 for the Spruce Number One Mine, a 2300-acre mine in Logan County, West Virginia. It would have been the largest mountaintop removal mine in Appalachia. But four years later, the EPA vetoed the permit—only the 13<sup>th</sup> time its exercised its veto power since 1972.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:17:02 +0000 Erica Peterson 5102 at http://wfpl.org Appeals Court Upholds EPA's Veto of W. Va. Mine Permit Court Rules Army Corps' Streamlined Coal Mining Permit Doesn't Protect Environment http://wfpl.org/post/court-rules-army-corps-streamlined-coal-mining-permit-doesnt-protect-environment <p>An appeals court <a href="http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/13a0115p-06.pdf" target="_blank">has ruled in favor </a>of environmental groups that argued the streamlined permit the government used to permit mountaintop removal mines wasn’t protective of the environment.</p><p>The decision was issued today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. It finds that the U.S. Army Corps’ issuance of the streamlined “Nationwide 21” permit is in violation of the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:29:50 +0000 Erica Peterson 5086 at http://wfpl.org Court Rules Army Corps' Streamlined Coal Mining Permit Doesn't Protect Environment Study: Illness More Likely in Eastern Kentucky Coal County Than Non-Coal Counties http://wfpl.org/post/study-illness-more-likely-eastern-kentucky-coal-county-non-coal-counties <p>A<a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jrh.12016/abstract" target="_blank"> new health study</a> in Eastern Kentucky has found that residents in a county where surface mining is prevalent have a higher instance of illness than residents in two control counties.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:49:24 +0000 Erica Peterson 4538 at http://wfpl.org Study: Illness More Likely in Eastern Kentucky Coal County Than Non-Coal Counties Yarmuth Reintroduces Bill to Study Health Effects of Mountaintop Removal Mining http://wfpl.org/post/yarmuth-reintroduces-bill-study-health-effects-mountaintop-removal-mining <p>Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville has reintroduced a bill that would put a moratorium on mountaintop removal coal mining until the practice’s health effects can be better understood.</p><p>The Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act—or ACHE—<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/yarmuth-co-sponsors-bill-study-health-risks-linked-mountaintop-removal" target="_blank">was first introduced last summer</a>, but died when it was referred to committee. Now, Yarmuth and New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are reintroducing the legislation.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:19:24 +0000 Erica Peterson 3840 at http://wfpl.org Yarmuth Reintroduces Bill to Study Health Effects of Mountaintop Removal Mining Environmental Groups Ask for Summary Judgment in Suit Over Coal Mining's Health Effects http://wfpl.org/post/environmental-groups-ask-summary-judgment-suit-over-coal-minings-health-effects <p>Environmental groups have <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/123017816/Kentuckians-for-the-Commonwealth-vs-U-S-Army-Corps-of-Engineers" target="_blank">filed a new document </a>in a case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a surface mine in eastern Kentucky.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:03:12 +0000 Erica Peterson 3710 at http://wfpl.org Environmental Groups Ask for Summary Judgment in Suit Over Coal Mining's Health Effects Environmental, Religious Groups Convene in D.C. http://wfpl.org/post/environmental-religious-groups-convene-dc <p>Environmental activists are gathering in Washington D.C. today for an anti-mountaintop removal rally.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1642 at http://wfpl.org West Virginia Environmental Activist Larry Gibson Dies http://wfpl.org/post/west-virginia-environmental-activist-larry-gibson-dies <p>News started rolling in via blogs and Twitter last night that prominent anti-mountaintop removal activist Larry Gibson was dead at age 66.</p><p>Gibson returned to his family's home on Kayford Mountain in Kanawha County, West Virginia in 1986, and spent the next quarter-century fighting the mountaintop removal operations that were slowly surrounding his land.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:49:23 +0000 Erica Peterson 1601 at http://wfpl.org West Virginia Environmental Activist Larry Gibson Dies