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MTR update: EPA study confirms mining damage

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If anyone missed it over the holiday weekend,we ran a Sunday story that outlined the findings of a new U.S. EPA report that confirms previous scientific conclusions about the environmental damage from mountaintop removal coal mining.

The story, EPA study confirms damage from strip mining, reported that government scientists say a “growing body of evidence” shows that mountaintop removal coal mining is destroying Appalachian forests and dangerously polluting vital headwater streams.

It’s based on the EPA report, The Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Central Appalachian Coalfields, which was released last week when EPA proposed new guidelines to try to reduce water pollution from large-scale strip mining in Appalachia.