Activists Dump “Mountain” Of Coal Waste On EPA’s Front Lawn

Early Monday morning, activists from the Rainforest Action Network drove a truck onto the front lawn of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. and dumped a “mountain” of coal waste onto it.

Their actions were part of a creative demonstration intended to compel the agency to veto the 2,278-acre Spruce mountaintop removal mine project in Blair, W.Va.

In an effort to demonstrate the impact of the Spruce mine—the largest mountaintop mine project ever proposed—activists dumped 1,000 pounds of earth and rubble brought all the way from Appalachia. Their message was clear: “EPA: don’t let King Coal dump on Appalachia.”

Recently, the Obama administration announced that it would delay making a decision on whether to veto the Spruce mine project until late September.

Coal companies and coal state politicians have been lobbying day and night to influence the administration’s decision during the election season, and many believe the fate of the Spruce mine could serve as an indication of the future of the coal industry as a whole.

“At issue here is not whether the Spruce mine would be bad for the environment or human health, because we know it would and the EPA has said it would,” said Amanda Starbuck from the Rainforest Action Network. “At issue is whether, during an election season, President Obama’s EPA will stand up to coal industry pressure and veto this horrific project.”

A paper released in January 2009 by a dozen leading scientists in the journal Science concluded that mountaintop coal mining is so destructive that the government should stop giving out new permits all together.

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Iain S.
Iain S.4 years ago

I keep wondering what will happen when we begin to have revolving power cuts. The problem is not King Coal - it's us and our addiction to cheap energy. Solar and wind power are both far more expensive than coal (and will remain so for the foreseeable future), and methane extraction creates its own problems with fracking. No easy answers folks - just our own addiction to large homes that need heat and AC, appliances, cars and all the conveniences of modern life.
Time to simplify maybe?

Allison J.
Allison P.5 years ago

I love the idea of bringing the waste to Washington. I think we should get a jar of the waste that gets poured into valley's from this removal and send one to every senator and rep in congress. Have them open it up and take a whiff. Better yet bring them some water from someones house never a MTR site and ask them if they would like to have a sip???

Carole H.
Carole Hagen5 years ago


Linda Mills
Linda Mills5 years ago

hope this makes an impact because the epa needs to get serious about these mines

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer M.5 years ago

Go RAN!!

Darlene W.
Darlene W.5 years ago

Very creative and simple

Selina P.
.5 years ago


Guinevere L.
Guinevere L.5 years ago

Way to go RAN! Keep up the good work!

Lenae H.
Lenae H.5 years ago

Check out this link

There are two public events left!

Kim W.
Kim W.5 years ago

They will hmm and hawww and then they will allow their greed to overtake them, We do need change, but will it come without more visible demonstrations?