FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Today, despite opposition from Kentucky's public health community, the state's Division of Water approved two new general permits for coal mining operations in Kentucky.
In response, Alice Howell, co-chair of the Cumberland Chapter's executive committee and mountain-top removal mining committee, released this statement:
"A blanket permit allowing corporations to pollute is completely inappropriate. Coal mining, the most disruptive and harmful industry in Kentucky, is taking a significant toll on the health of our communities.
“It's disappointing to see that Kentucky has approved these new general permits, which will allow coal mine operators to get away with the barest minimum of oversight and safeguards for public health, safety and reclamation standards.
“Not only that, it appears the Division of Water actively ignored most of the constructive feedback that citizen groups and experts offered to improve safeguards on public health and the environment. We will certainly consider all our options moving forward to continue our mission of protecting public health and the environment from dangerous coal mining operations in Kentucky."
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