Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Good News for Appalachia and The Planet

In another huge departure from Bush era legislation, President Obama is stopping the dumping of toxic waste from mining in a rural valley.

Yesterday was a great day for the people of Appalachia and for all of America. In a bold departure from Bush-era energy policy, the Obama administration suspended a coal company's permit to dump debris from its proposed mountaintop mining operation into a West Virginia valley and stream. In addition, the administration promised to carefully review upward of 200 such permits awaiting approval by the US Army Corps of Engineers.- Robert F. Kennedy Jr in the WaPo

Could it be that someone is going to finally try to help this region? Someone in Washington is going to think more about the people and the planet than about the mining companies and the money? fingers are crossed.

Crossposted from FL