Protect Clean Water in Kentucky

mountaintop removal

Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson

Goal: Protect clean water for people in Kentucky.

When the state of Kentucky failed to act to protect its citizens’ water, the EPA stepped in and objected to 36 mining permits that would further jeopardize water quality and endanger human health. Now, coal companies and Kentucky’s local government are pressuring the EPA to back down. Tell the EPA to stand strong and enforce national safety standards to protect clean water for people in Kentucky.

Mountaintop-removal mining produces tons of rubble and toxic waste that contaminate nearby streams and valleys, damaging or destroying ecosystems and severely threatening the health of the communities that rely on that water to live. In the past two decades, more than 500 mountains in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Maryland have been leveled. The Sierra Club estimates that at the current pace, 1.4 million acres of forests and mountaintops could be gone by the end of this decade.

Mountaintop removal is a harmful practice that is also outdated. Demand for coal is at an all-time low. We now know there are cleaner and safer ways to generate electricity that would create green jobs. So why are we letting coal companies destroy our country’s mountains, valleys, and streams, and poison our communities? The local government in Kentucky is particularly guilty. Whether due to political reasons or industry pressure, Kentucky officials are ardent supporters of mountaintop removal. When the EPA rejected various surface-mining permits that didn’t include provisions for ensuring water quality, the Kentucky Coal Association created an uproar and objected to the EPA’s decision.

Now, the EPA is holding public hearings, where it will either reaffirm its objections to the permits, modify the objections, or withdraw them, allowing the state to issue the permits. With coal supporters showing up in huge numbers to the hearings, we need to show our support for the EPA’s decision to stop dirty coal from polluting our drinking water.

Sign the petition below to tell the EPA not to back down to industry pressure and continue protecting our waterways and our health.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson,

First of all, I would like to thank you for enforcing the Clean Water Act in Kentucky and the rest of the country. The EPA has the responsibility to protect every community from threats that pollute our streams and waterways, such as the harmful practices of surface mining and mountaintop removal. This responsibility is of particular importance when state agencies, such as those in Kentucky, fail to prioritize the safety of their citizens due to politics or industry pressure.

Mountaintop-removal mining produces tons of rubble and toxic waste that contaminate nearby streams and valleys, damaging or destroying ecosystems and severely threatening the health of the communities that rely on that water to live. In the past two decades, more than 500 mountains in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Maryland have been leveled. The Sierra Club estimates that at the current pace, 1.4 million acres of forests and mountaintops could be gone by the end of this decade.

Mountaintop removal is a harmful practice that is also outdated. Demand for coal is at an all-time low. We now know there are cleaner and safer ways to generate electricity that would create green jobs. So I urge you to hold steady in your decision to reject the 36 surface-mining permits that don’t include provisions for ensuring water quality. Do not give in to coal-industry intimidation. Instead, please do all you can to enforce national safety standards to protect clean water for all Americans.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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