"Departments to Toughen Standards for Mining"

"The Obama administration said Thursday that it would toughen standards for mountaintop-removal coal mining but would not end the practice as some environmental groups had hoped.

Officials from four agencies said they had agreed to order a more rigorous legal and environmental review of pending and future applications for mountaintop mining in Appalachia. The technique involves blasting the tops off mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams. The practice has buried hundreds of miles of streams and has polluted water throughout the region."

John M. Broder reports for the New York Times June 11, 2009.

See Also:

"Obama Mining Plan Draws Criticism from Both Sides" (Charleston Gazette)

"Plan Targets Fallout from Mountaintop Mining" (Associated Press)

"Mountaintop Mining To Get More Scrutiny" (Washington Post)

Source: NYTimes, 06/12/2009