EPA Policy and Mountaintop Removal

Resolution Number 11-04.72

Whereas, On January 13, 2011 The Environmental Protection Agency vetoed a 2,300 acre mountaintop removal mining project which if allowed would have been the largest mountaintop removal operation in West Virginia's history, vetoing  the permit based on the negative impact on local water supplies and destructive and unsustainable mining practices that jeopardize the health of local communities; and

Whereas, there are currently no federal or state agencies tracking the overall extent or cumulative impacts of mountaintop removal mining, which, if not abolished,  has the potential of  being used in Western  States including California, causing irreperable environmental and economic harm and health hazards to effected communities; and

Whereas, The EPA's crackdown on mountaintop removal permits is of national importance and enforcing the EPA's veto of the mine permit in West Virginia will strengthen national environmental policies.

Therefore be it resolved, that the California Democratic Party  urges the EPA to continue their crackdown on mountaintop removal permits, and

Therefore be it further resolved, that the California Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution  to the California State Legislature, Governor & Lt. Governor, Democratic Congressional delegation, White House and Senators Jay Rockerfeller, Joe Manchin, Congressman Nick Rahall.

Author: Thomas Patrick O'Shaughnessy, 43rd AD-Region 3 Vice Chair, LACDP


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim
July 31, 2011





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