For decades legal loopholes have allowed coal companies to mine directly through streams, harming imperiled species like the Colorado pikeminnow and eastern hellbender salamander, and poisoning downstream waterways for people.
But at last the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has proposed a new Stream Buffer Zone Rule that would restrict all mining within 100 feet of streams. While the rules would make it harder for mining to occur near most waterways, we have to make sure an even stricter buffer is applied and all loopholes are sewed shut.
Your comments could make a real difference, convincing regulators not to bow to pressure from an industry bent on tearing up the Earth.
September 1, 2015 Action Alert ID# 267
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