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Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Mountaintop mining foes stage rally

Virginians opposed to a plan for mountaintop removal coal mining staged a rally Wednesday outside of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Washington headquarters.

The demonstrators want the EPA to deny a permit for surface mining operations at Ison Rock Ridge, a mountain in Wise County.


A protester is arrested by U.S. Park Police during a mountaintop removal coal mining protest in front of the White House in September 2010. (Ricky Carioti - The Washington Post)
Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has reviewed a permit application from A & G Coal and will sign off on it so long as the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers give their approvals, Gavin Bledsoe, acting director of the department’s Division of Mined Land Reclamation, has said.

Opponents say the operation will harm the environment and the health of people who live in the area. Prior to the demonstration, they met with officials of the EPA’s water division, said Hannah Morgan of the Sierra Club, one of the groups involved with the protest.

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