We're all focused on the election, and that's great, but Pres Shrub is still in office and shadiness still rules Washington. The Department of the Interior is one of the goverment parcels sold off to the industries it was supposed to regulate (like Energy and the EPA). In this case it's the Coal industry trying to get government to flout its own rules for profit.
Big Coal runs West Virginia and has for decades. No one is expecting that to really change. However, instead of trying to buy politicians or bend the rules the industry is now geeting the so called 'public servants' to completely change the rules. When you blow off the top of a mountain to get to the coal beneath you can't dump all that dirt and sludge into or near rivers or streams. Those are the rules. This hasn't stopped the rivers and streams from becoming seriously polluted but it has kept the pollution levels and health risks associated with them down to just shameful instead of completely insane.
Now Big Coal's bitch aka the DOI has proposed a measure that will allow companies to dump blasted dirt and sludge directly into rivers and lakes. Damn the pollution, damn the water table and damn the people of West Virginia. But Bush is an honorable man.
The catch is that this story is actually being reported...well, a little. In the midst of the campaign fever sweeping the nation people have forgotten there is actual governing going on while our backs are turned. We have 30 days in which to let the DOI know that we're watching and that we won't stay silent. PLEASE contact them today and tell them that this measure is wrong, that they cannot simply whore themselves, and us, out to Big Coal and do even more damage to a beautiful part of our nation and the people who live there.
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