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December 25, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Bush’s EPA mining rule

Fix it now

Just in time for Christmas, President George W. Bush has decided to trade the Southern Appalachian landscape for a lump of coal [“Environmental groups sue over EPA mining rule,” Politics, Dec. 22].

The Bush administration has finalized a last-minute rule making it easier for mining companies to blow the tops off mountains to get to the coal underneath. Before this “midnight rollback,” mining was prohibited within 100 feet of vulnerable rivers and streams. Even with that buffer, hundreds of miles of rivers and streams have been lost to mountaintop-removal mining. Now we are sure to lose even more.

These last-minute rollbacks of our environmental protections can’t be allowed to stand.

President-elect Barack Obama will have a lot on his plate when he takes office Jan. 20. I want his administration to start the new year out right, by immediately taking steps to undo Bush’s midnight environmental rollbacks.

— Danny Cowan, Madrona

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