For over 30 years, the federal government has looked the other way while banks and coal companies have decimated one of the oldest and most biologically diverse areas of the United States–Appalachia.
In some Appalachian counties, nearly a quarter of the land has been permitted for surface coal mining. Now, Earthjustice has launched a major campaign that gives people a chance to stand up for fellow Americans who are suffering the consequences of the terrible destruction of mountaintop removal mining.
The Mountain Heroes series is a chance for all Americans to hear the stories of people who live near mountain top removal sites, and are fighting to stop it.
Concerned citizens are invited to listen to audio recordings of Sid Moye, Donetta Blankenship, and Karen Woodrum: just a few of the people who have watched mountain top removal threaten or destroy their homes, properties, streams, mountains, and in some cases, their health too.
You are welcomed to join the fight against mountain top removal by uploading your own photo with a short message about why you want o save the mountains and waters of Appalachia.
Earthjustice will send these images to the EPA as a public photo petition to stop mountaintop removal mining.
In April, the EPA took an unprecedented step toward reining in coal polluters by issuing draft guidelines that would reduce negative water quality impacts from mountaintop removal. But now the EPA is again under political and legal attack from coal companies and politicians who are profiting from the destruction.