Army Corps: Stop Rubber-Stamping Valley Fill Permits!

Oct 6, 2009

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hold public hearings in four coalfield areas Oct. 13-15, about the decision to stop allowing fast-track valley fills permits, called "Nationwide Permit 21," or "NWP 21. "  Ending nationwide permits will slow mountaintop removal coal mining and give local residents a greater voice in the permitting process, taking us one step closer to ending mountaintop removal altogether.   We need to speak out loud and clear at these hearings and make sure Big Coal's voice isn't the only one!  If you can, please attend the meeting nearest you. The schedule is below, along with contact people -- please let the contact people know if you plan to attend.  If you need a ride, carpooling can be arranged.

    * October 13, 2009, 7 p.m., in Charleston, West Virginia at the Charleston Civic Center. Contact Tonya Adkins, Ohio Valley Environmental Citizen Action: or 606.286.1442 or 304.522.0246
    * October 13, 2009, 7 p.m., in Pikeville, Kentucky at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Contact Kevin Pentz, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC): or (859) 986-1277
    * October 13, 2009, 7 p.m., in Knoxville, Tennessee, location TBA. Contact Ann League, State-wide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM): or (865) 426-9455 ext 16
    * October 15, 2009, 7 p.m., in Big Stone Gap, Virginia at Mountain Empire Community College. Contact Mike McCoy, Appalachian Voices: or (336) 909.0720