Regulators To Allow Stream Recreation In Mountaintop Mining

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal regulators are allowing
developers to recreate streams buried under rubble excavated from
mountaintop removal coal mines and other projects.

That's a change for the Army Corps of Engineers and
Environmental Protection Agency. They haven't allowed developers to
recreate streams to offset environmental damage.

Some environmentalists are criticizing the new rule issued

Earthjustice lawyer Joan Mulhern says the Bush Administration is
trying to help the corps' appeal of a ruling that requires more
extensive environmental assessments before the corps issues Clean
Water Act permits for surface mines. Environmentalists maintain
that no one has successfully recreated a stream.

The regulators say the rule improves wetlands protection.

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  • by Jimmy Location: HOme on Apr 1, 2008 at 07:56 PM
    I like what Amos says. In my territory, the construction of a really nice race track was stopped by the EPA so it could study the effects it would have on a nearby stream; said stream was a small ditch made by the present track to drain the surface waters off the track. How foolish some of the notions the folks looking out for us come up with. Yes, lets redefine streams.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    What has happened to freedom? As an American landowner we no longer have the right to choose what we want to do with our land. The people who try ro protect us do not pay taxes on our land. Why don't they worry about their own land in which they pay taxes on. I doubt very seriously if most of the people own any land of their own. I have lived in the mountains all of my life and have never seen a stream up any hollow that I would consider a stream. All hollows carry rain water to the rivers after each rain. I would not be in favor of filling up or over what we a creek. This I consider a stream!!!!!!!!!! Those who try to regulate and to legislate need to stop and think about one thing, we the people of the coal fields can not eat a stream. It has very very little nutritional value and I would think low on flavor. So instead of always trying to stop the mining industry, how about working with an industry thats moves mountains. Lets think about useful land after mining.
  • by terri Location: perry co. on Apr 1, 2008 at 02:26 PM
    it's all about who has the most$$$$$$$$$$ to spread around, it's never been about the health of the land.
  • by Amos Location: Lexington on Apr 1, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    taxpayer - A lot of it boils down to the definition of "stream". I've seen ditches, that only feel water for a few minutes when it rains, be classified as a "stream"... Maybe the definition needs to be revised?
  • by taxpayer Location: london on Apr 1, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    Wouldn't it be a lot easier to just prevent streams from being buried in the first place? All we have to do is to transport the mining rubble somewhere OTHER than dumping it in a stream, and use it where it is NEEDED for fill material. We do not have a legitimate NEED to bury any streams with mining rubble.


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