Interior Writing New Rule on Mountaintop Mining Pollution, Restoration

"The Interior Department is writing new regulations for mountaintop-removal coal mining that would expand protection for waterways and require the restoration of dynamited areas.

Christopher Holmes, spokesman for Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, said the agency is rewriting its "stream protection rule" to boost environmental safeguards."

Patrick Reis reports for Greenwire April 19, 2010.

Source: Greenwire, 04/20/2010