Groups have protested for years to get their point across, but on Monday the Rainforest Action Network
or RAN took it to a new level. To bring attention to the devastation mountaintop removal mining is causing throughout Appalachia, RAN activists brought a huge truckload of coal waste to Washington, D.C., and dumped it in the front yard of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The idea was to bring attention to the devastating practice of MTR, but also to make sure EPA officials understand the impact of the purposed Spruce mine site. The purposed site would be the largest MTR site on record, and could destroy 2,278 acres.
RAN activists dumped more than 1,000 pounds of earth and rubble brought from Appalachia. Their message: “EPA: Don’t let King Coal dump on Appalachia.”
To help RAN bring its message to the EPA, call Administrator Lisa P. Jackson at her EPA office at (202)564-4700. Tell Jackson that Appalachia is worth saving and it is time the EPA does its job and stands up for the environment. Ask her to not approve the Spruce Mine permit.
You can encourage the EPA to do the right thing and protect our environment. The time to deliver the message is now on the heels of the upcoming Appalachia Rising event. Make the call today!