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October 2009
Contents

Major News: EPA May Do Its Job!
DEP Biologist: Agency Chief Huffmans Testimony to Congress Was Ill Informed

Thinking About Your Legacy: An Open Letter from Dr. Ken Hechler

Reflecting on EPAs Announcement
JOBS in the Coalfields, the Right Way
Families in Mingo Co. Sue Over Flooding
Asking the Highest Court in the Land to Hear Our Case
Dear Friends at OVEC
Lindytown - Threats, Dead Horses and Shattered Dreams As the Draglines Creep Ever Closer
Lindytown - From Nice Little Mountain Town to Virtual Ghost Town
EPA Moves to Block WVs Largest MTR Mining Permit
Corps Approves Controversial Permit Despite EPAs Objections
The Trail of Tears - History Is Repeating Itself in WV
Policy Efforts on Family Cemetery Protection Issues
Join the Cemetery Protection Group And Help Find Long-Term Solutions
Awareness is Where Its At
Please Pray for Webster County
Cook Family Cemeteries: Ancestors No Longer Rest In Peace Due to Mountaintop Removal Mining
Coal Slurry: New York Times Nails Clean Water Act Crimes (Many) and Punishment (None)
Victory! Public Water Lines Finally Coming to Prenter
Goodbye Patricia, Welcome Stephanie! - New Organizer Joins SSP Effort
WVU Studying Effects of Coal Slurry Injection on Health
Working to Reduce Coal Prep Plant Air Pollution
Six Southern WV Communities to Benefit from EPA Grant
Judge Thornsbury Disqualified from Presiding in Slurry Injection Case
Coal Country - the movie: Film Debuts To Packed Crowd After Concerns Almost Cancel Showing
Help End MTR and Help Coal Country Have a Party!
OVEC: Power With!
What Happens In Valleys Is As Important As What Happens On Mountain Peaks
Plundering Appalachia - The Book, Is Here!
Chemicals and Their Dangers Force People From Kanawha Valley
Clean Elections - Saving WV From Future Scandals
Why Manchin and Co. Dont Care About Health in the Coalfields
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Carbon Tax: Our ACES in the Hole for Real Change
Report: Global Warming Causes 300,000 Deaths A Year, Toll to Increase
Remembering Conley Branch - May It Always Be In My Heart
United Against MTR:
Red Bandanas, Dreadlocks, Clean-Cut, Old Folks and Young
TV News Fails to Cover Mountaintop Removal Well, Or At All
Nominations for OSM Chief
University Divesting of Massey Stock, Others May Follow
Toxic Legislation: Selenium at the Legislature; OVEC Appeal to EPA


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Winds of Change Newsletter, October 2009     See sidebar for table of contents

Reflecting on EPAs Announcement

by Dianne Bady 

Lisa Jackson said that she wants to assure that mountaintop removal/valley fill "permits issued are protective of water quality and affected ecosystems."

Ive spent a lot of time in federal courtrooms over the past few years, listening to coal officials and experts and Bush government officials defend MTR/valley fill mining with really, really bad science.

It has always seemed to me that our (OVEC, Coal River Mountain Watch and WV Highlands Conservancy) lawyers and scientific and engineering experts demolished the "scientific" testimony of the coal guys and their friends in government. Joe Lovetts team knew what they were doing.

I learned in those courtrooms that there just doesnt seem to be a way to do large scale mountaintop removal so that the "permits issued are protective of water quality and affected ecosystems."

Will EPA ever have the political ability to admit that?

Will Obama be willing to blatantly reverse (in practice) his strident campaign promises regarding how sound science will lead decision making in his administration?

I certainly hope we dont have to go through the torture of watching the Obama administration, which has pledged to utilize valid science, bring out fake science like the coal industry does to rationalize continuing mountaintop removal / valley fill mining.

 

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