Appalachian communities are reaching a breaking point over mountaintop removal, and it's tearing communities apart. Hearings over mountaintop removal are getting unsafe and the threat of violence is imminent. Congress must act to end mountaintop removal to allow Appalachian communities to begin building a robust and sustainable economy.
The Clean Water Protection Act is a bill in the US House of Representatives which will sharply reduce mountaintop removal coal mining by protecting our headwater streams, where our rivers, like the Mississippi and the Ohio, are born. Over 2,000 miles of streams have already been buried and polluted and 500 mountains have been destroyed. But we can stop this.
In order to stop mountaintop removal, Congressional leaders must move this bill through to a vote, and the Obama administration must create regulations to uphold the language of bill.