Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA Regional Administrator Recommendation to Veto Spruce Mine Permit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nell Greenberg, 510-847-9777
Friday, October 15, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator, Shawn Garvin, has recommended that his agency veto the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The Spruce mine is one of the largest mountaintop removal mines ever proposed in Central Appalachia, and would result in the destruction of 2,278 acres of temperate rainforest and the burying of 7.5 miles of streams in the Spruce Fork sub-watershed.
 
Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN):
 
“We commend EPA regional administrator Garvin, and hope the EPA heeds his recommendations and moves quickly ahead to veto the disastrous Spruce No. 1 mine.
 
“The science is clear that mountaintop removal is harming water resources in real and measurable ways. We hope the EPA is going to use its full authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Appalachia’s drinking water and resist the enormous pressure coming from the coal industry.”

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Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s addiction to fossil fuels, protect endangered forests and indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org

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Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org