Vote On Mountaintop Mining Bill Delayed, Could Come Soon

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The chairman of the House Appropriations
and Revenue Committee says a vote on a proposal that some say could
halt mountaintop mining could come soon.

Democratic Rep. Harry Moberly of Richmond says he would have put
the proposal for a vote before his committee on Wednesday but there
weren't enough members present. Moberly says he wants the panel to
vote when it meets next.

The bill's proponents have been urging lawmakers to consider the
plan that would prohibit coal companies from dumping dirt and rock
from mountaintops into streams and valleys.

Coal companies oppose the bill.

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