The once proud EPA that promised "to protect 95% of aquatic life and fresh water streams in central Appalachia" and defend the Clean Water Act and health of coalfield residents has succumbed to right-wing political and legal pressures.
Proponents of mountaintop removal hung a banner in eastern Kentucky, mocking Ashley Judd for her efforts to raise awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural damage being wrought by the world's worst coal mining.
In a reprise of the debate between NRDC's Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Massey Coal CEO Don Blankenship over mountaintop removal coal mining, the Washington newspaper The Hill published dueling pieces by both adversaries in today's edition.
The EPA is taking unprecedented action to bring to an end the saga of the infamous Spruce Mine, jamming a stake in the heart of what would have been the largest mountaintop removal project in the history of West Virginia.
As someone who spent considerable time tracking every good, bad, and ugly environmental action by the Bush administration, I can say without a doubt that things are looking a whole lot brighter under the new regime.