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Scientists find MTR war systematically dangerous

January 7th, 2010 · No Comments

After a volunteer team effort, a group of scientists has published heavily scrutinized article in Science (“this is the most heavily peer-reviewed paper I’ve ever published“) calling for an immediate moratorium on the mountaintop removal war (MTR) on Appalachia.   Acoording to the press release of the article (to appear in the 8 January issue),

“The scientific evidence of the severe environmental and human impacts from mountaintop mining is strong and irrefutable,” says lead author Dr. Margaret Palmer of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. “Its impacts are pervasive and long lasting and there is no evidence that any mitigation practices successfully reverse the damage it causes.”

Their argument is quite strong and there is a very serious underlying issue of concern:

the most amazing part of all this—and clearly the scientists are amazed as well—is the fact that there’s never been a comprehensive assessment of MTR impacts before. We’re blowing up mountains and we have no idea what the consequences are! The mind boggles. It’s like the whole country is just discovering Appalachia.

Of course, just yesterday the EPA issued a permit for a MTR site.

Of course, better alternatives exist for our power situation and for the local economy.

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