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Mountaintop Removal Permit Tracker
Pending Permits in Appalachia and Possible Impacts on the Environment and Nearby Communities.
Key for Tracker: Note: While thorough and accurate, this list is not all-inclusive, primarily because obtaining information about pending mountaintop removal coal mining permits is extremely difficult. The Army Corps of Engineers in particular is not generally forthcoming with what should be public information, and it takes persistence to find out about new mining. (source: action.sierraclub.org)
SMCRA # = Surface Mining Control & Reclamation Act Permit # P = Pending
404 = Individual 404 Permit Lit = Issued, but held up in litigation
21 = NWP 21 Authorization (Note: This national permit is currently under review and subject to revocation.)
Incomplete Timeline of Obama and the EPA Caving to Coal Industry Pressure
January 20, 2009 - EPA sends letter to Army Corp stating concerns that Buffalo Mountain valley fill permit violates the Clean Water Act and violates WV's own extremely weak clean water regulations.
March 23, 2009 - EPA sends three letters to Army Corps of Engineers expressing "significant concern" regarding three permits, two in WV and the other in Pike County KY (Colony Bay letter, Reylas letter, Big Branch letter) (EPA press release).
March 24, 2009 - EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announces she instructed EPA staff "to review other mining permit requests" and "follow the letter of the law in ensuring we are protecting our environment."
March 24, 2009 - AP picks up story stating "The Environmental Protection Agency is putting on hold hundreds of mountaintop coal-mining permits". Hundreds of news outlets pick up the story. Coal industry freaks out.
March 24, 2009 - Lisa Jackson's press secretary Adora Andy "clarifies" by releasing a statement that said "The Environmental Protection Agency is not halting, holding or placing a moratorium on any of the mining permit applications. Plain and simple." "...the agency does not expect problems with the overwhelming majority of permits". (see statement here...)
March 25, 2009 - Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) threatens EPA stating "Let me make very clear – America has over a 200 year history of mining West Virginia coal, and that is not going to change any time soon....reports suggesting that the EPA’s recent letters are the end of [mountaintop removal] coal mining are inaccurate and unhelpful."
May 6, 2009 - West Virginia Governor Manchin flies to regional headquarters in Philadelphia to bully EPA officials on behalf of Consolidated Coal Company to ensure Buffalo Mountain permit is not stopped. (see EPA's original position above, Jan 20)
May 14, 2009 - EPA's national manager for water programs sends submissive letter to Congressman Rahall promising 42 out of 48 valley fill permits reviewed were cleared for approval.
May 15, 2009 - Congressman Rahall (D-WV) releases press statement congratulating himself for his successful lobbying efforts on behalf of the coal industry.
May 15, 2009 - EPA responds to Rahall's announcement: "EPA decided not to provide additional comments on the remaining 42 permits after consideration of the nature and extent of project impacts. 28 of the projects have two or fewer valley fills....None have more than six."
(Yes, you read that right. The EPA has determined that 14 permits, some with as many as 6 valley fills on a single permit - in an area that is already ravaged by massive flooding, dangerous air quality, landslides and toxic surface and well water from mountaintop removal - will not have a significant impact on the area residents or ecosystem.)
May 28, 2009 - The coal lobby sends letter to congress asking them to push through almost 200 pending Mountaintop Removal/valley fill permits. They also ask congress to "fix" the regulatory system so no more of their permits are stopped or delayed.
June 1, 2009 - Eight members of the House of Representatives sign on to a reworded version of the coal lobby letter and send it to US Army Corps Brigadier General John Peabody pressuring him to push the permits through.
June 10, 2009 - The Obama administration files a notice that they will appeal a recent federal court ruling that would have blocked nationwide, streamlined mountaintop removal permits (the "just trust us" permits). Streamlined permits were blocked in part because the federal courts found the Army Corps of Engineers were using the permits to allow illegal activity.
June 11, 2009 - The Obama administration issues a press release claiming, "administration officials...are taking unprecedented steps to reduce the environmental impacts" of destroying the ancient mixed mesophytic forests and mountains of Appalachia using millions of pounds per day of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil and then dumping the toxic, heavy metal laden mining waste into the surrounding valleys and streams - causing unprecedented flooding, landslides, sickness, economic ruin and uncompensated property damage to the area residents.
June 16, 2009 -
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington files a complaint against the Department of Homeland Security over Obama's refusal to release White House visitor logs. The citizens group and MSNBC were denied "records of visits by top coal executives in an effort to learn the extent to which these individuals may have influenced the administration's energy policy." The White House visitor logs have twice been determined public record by federal courts under the Freedom of Information Act.