Saturday, September 15, 2007

OSM Proposes Weakening MTR Rule

MTR Valley Fill, Massey Energy Corp,
Lyburn, WV

The Office on Surface Mining has proposed a new rule to weaken regulations regarding stream buffer zones at Mountaintop Removal mining sites.

The current rule requires mining operations to obtain a variance showing no impact to water quality or quantity for activities within 100 feet of a stream, but the rule is often disregarded with MTR valley fills. The rule change proposed by OSM would lift the buffer zone protection altogether.

A recent survey conducted by the non-partisan Opinion Research Corporation found that two-thirds of Americans oppose the administration's proposed rule. More details on the survey can be found at:

OSM is required to receive public comment on the rule change through October 23. Comments can be submitted to the Federal Register at:

Documents on the rule change can be found on the OSM website:

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1 comment:

cechols said...

Unbelievable. Despite the press MTR has been creating lately, this is taking yet another huge step in the wrong direction.

I'm disgusted.