Two Earth Alerts: please take action
Please click on and sign the following two alerts :
1. Background | From Earth Justice
For too long, mining companies have been blowing up and destroying entire mountaintops in Appalachia for coal, dumping their harmful mining waste in natural streams—and so far this industry has already buried and destroyed more than 2,000 miles of precious waterways. The practice of mountaintop removal mining is obliterating an ancient mountain range, destroying vital waters and contaminating water supplies, and threatening the health and well-being of the people who live in Appalachia.
So how has it gone on for so long?
During the Bush administration, the mining companies were given some handy loopholes and exemptions that made way for them to easily blow up the mountains and dump the mining waste in the waters of the region, regardless of the impacts on the people of the region. When President Obama took office, he vowed to restore the role of science and restore the rule of the law in protecting Americans from harmful pollution.
On April 1, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency announced in staff guidance that it would scrutinize permit applications to ensure compliance with longstanding Clean Water Act protections, using sound science, because of the need to correct legal violations found in the permitting process and finally address the serious harm to water quality caused by pollution from mountaintop removal mining.
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In the months since the EPA’s announcement, the coal mining industry has waged an all-out war against this guidance, because it makes clear that the mining companies have gotten away with permitting violations in the past, which have never been acceptable under the Clean Water Act and will no longer be tolerated.
We must not let polluters put our fellow Americans’ vital waters in harm’s way. We cannot let these corporations decimate some of the most precious and most biodiverse lands in America. This guidance will not stop mountaintop removal mining once and for all, but it is a critical step to finally take a hard look at the clear science and start enforcing compliance with the Clean Water Act.
It is urgent for the Obama administration and the EPA to hear public support for this scientific guidance on mountaintop removal mining and water quality. If we’re to see any progress, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson needs to hear that America stands behind her effort to follow the indisputable science and enforce compliance with longstanding legal protections that our waters, our mountains and the people of Appalachia so desperately need.
Please email EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson now and tell her not to succumb to industry and mining companies’ requests to evade the law or weaken the water quality guidance. Please help end this tragic practice and the damage it is causing.
Please visit and sign HERE (scroll down, automatic letter is towards bottom)
2. Background | From Alaska Wilderness League
With the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge only weeks away, President Obama has the opportunity to make a real statement: America will not submit to the follies of the past or the whims of the present when it comes to protecting one of our country’s great wild places.
A National Monument designation is a fitting celebration of the past, present and future of this iconic American wilderness — and will help protect it from Big Oil’s attacks.
President Obama has a chance to create a legacy for our country and for future generations. Over 60% of Americans support the idea of placing the Refuge on par with other pristine areas such as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.
The Arctic is one of our last refuges for wildlife – invaluable, iconic and alive! Big mammals still roam this land and millions of the world’s birds feed and nest on the plains.
We must do everything we can to ensure this last wild haven remains for generations to come.
Please tell President Obama to protect the Arctic Refuge as a National Monument HERE
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when our planet was created
it was bold and grand
and now it is becoming
a barren, concrete wasteland
let us try to save as
much of what as left as we can
and put some positive spin
onto the negative hand of man
Karen Lyons Kalmenson