20 June 2006

Pluarilty Vote Spells Trouble for WV streams

I am fearful of the impact yesterday's 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court on the Rapanos vs. US case. The dissenting opinion seeks to change the previous definition of water: not to include intermittent streams. Therefore one would not have to apply to fill these streams with waste. A change in definition of the Clean Water Act would greatly aid the furtherment of mountain top removal and the continued burial of streams in the WV mountains.

I wish someone from the Senate would have had the nerve to question the nominees on these types of questions before voting to approve them.

This is the first of many posts on coal mining, environment and other WV related material. After my trip back to WV last week I felt moved to do something.

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