Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Action Alert

October 20
2010
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OVEC Action Alert
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

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 Take Action by Oct. 22: Environmental Justice and EPA
We need your help to make sure that Appalachian communities are protected from the worst abuses of the coal industry.

The EPA is creating a new plan called "Plan EJ 2014" to integrate environmental justice into all their programs. Environmental justice (EJ) refers to the fact that the worst environmental problems tend to occur in poor communities, communities of color, or indigenous communities. Mountaintop removal coal mining could not happen in a wealthy community, and therefore it is an environmental justice issue.

We need the EPA to take mountaintop removal, toxic drinking water and other impacts of coal in Appalachia seriously as an environmental justice issue. (Here's a document prepared a few years ago, which sadly still holds true and which details some of the impacts mountaintop removal has on our communities.)

Click here to learn more and click here to fill out a comment form. There are some sample comments for you to send, but please take the time to add your own words.

Deadline to comment is this Friday, Oct. 22.

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 Oct. 23- 24: Mountain Justice Fall Summit on Kayford Mountain
The Fifth Annual Mountain Justice Fall Summit is this Saturday and Sunday on Kayford Mountain, just over an hour's drive south of Charleston, W.Va. Coming on the heels of Appalachia Rising, the momentum continues to build for the abolition of surface mining. Learn more, including registration details, by clicking here.

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