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West Virginia Metro News (Thu 7 Jan, 2010)
Scientists Say Stop MTR
Staff quoted: Margaret Palmer, Keith Eshleman
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A group of leading scientists says mountaintop removal coal mining should be stopped unless new techniques are developed that can deal with the current problems caused by the controversial practice.

Reuters (Thu 7 Jan, 2010)
US should stop mountaintop coal mining - scientists
Staff quoted: Margaret Palmer
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WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A group of scientists on Thursday called on the U.S. government to stop issuing new permits for mountaintop coal mining, citing research that finds the practice is damaging to the environment and human health.

The Washington Independent (Thu 7 Jan, 2010)
Scientists: Mountaintop Coal Mining Is Decimating Appalachia
Staff quoted: Margaret Palmer
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Some of the nation's top environmental scientists are calling on the Obama administration to end the destructive practice of mountaintop coal mining, saying that the environmental holocaust it creates is irreversible.

The Charleston (WV) Gazette Coal Tattoo Blog (Thu 7 Jan, 2010)
Bombshell study: MTR impacts 'pervasive and irreversible'
Staff quoted: Margaret Palmer, Keith Eshleman
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"Mining permits are being issued despite the preponderance of scientific evidence that impacts are pervasive and irreversible and that mitigation cannot compensate for the losses." (Thu 7 Jan, 2010)
Scientists call for halt in mountaintop removal mining permits
Staff quoted: Margaret Palmer, Keith Eshleman
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Let's say you trundle a bunch of enormous industrial equipment into North America's oldest mountains (an intact temperate ecosystem boasting rich biodiversity, including a number of endangered species), clear cut the forests, blow millions of tons off the top of the mountains, dump the rubble into the pristine streams below, and carry out the coal you find on enormous trucks, at high speeds, on narrow roads, through some of America's oldest communities.

The New York Times Dot Earth Blog (Thu 7 Jan, 2010)
Scientists Reject Mountaintop Mining Methods
Staff quoted: Margaret Palmer, Keith Eshleman
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In the new issue of the journal Science, a dozen environmental scientists make a case that current methods for extracting coal from America's mountaintops remain too harmful to humans and ecosystems to be permitted without big changes. (The Environmental Protection Agency just announced its support for a federal permit for a proposed mountaintop mine in Lincoln County, West Virginia.) The scientists say in the review article that change is urgent not only to protect the environment in Appalachia, but around the world, because poor countries are poised to replicate the practices established in the United States.

The Guardian (Thu 7 Jan, 2010)
US Scientists Demand Government Ban on Mountaintop Mining: Analysis of damage done leaves Obama no choice but to ban the highly destructive practice, say the authors of a new study
Staff quoted: Margaret Palmer
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Mountaintop mining should be banned for causing vast and permanent destruction to US environment and exposing its people to serious health consequences such as birth defects, a new study says today.

The Salisbury Daily Times (Tue 5 Jan, 2010)
Coastal Bays: A year of accomplishments
Staff quoted: UMCES
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As we embark on the first week of a new year, it's a good time to review a few of our accomplishments from last year.

The Easton Star Democrat (Thu 31 Dec, 2009)
Group pushing new initiatives for Bay
Staff quoted: Bill Dennison, Walt Boyton, Tom Fisher
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EASTON - A consortium of scientists, policy makers and advocates are urging the Obama Administration and the Bay states to adopt 24 new initiatives to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The Baltimore Sun B'More Green Blog (Thu 31 Dec, 2009)
"Eagles" join fray over restoring Bay
Staff quoted: Bill Dennison
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Senior Chesapeake Bay scientists and former policymakers joined with environmental activists Wednesday to call for bold and "drastic" measures to restore the ailing estuary, including mandatory controls on runoff from farms and existing urban and suburban areas.

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