Matt Wasson

Matt Wasson is an ecologist and the director of programs for Appalachian Voices where he oversees the award-winning online campaign to stop mountaintop-removal coal mining on

The Madness of King Coal

EPA vetoes massive mountaintop-removal mine — now buckle up for the backlash

In the wake of EPA's veto last week of the largest mountaintop-removal mine permit ever proposed in West Virginia, the grandstanding of West Virginia politicians and "sky is falling" rhetoric from the coal industry was not surprising. However, the immediate response of coal industry groups and West Virginia politicians to the news of EPA's action was a little different this time around.

Round One of the EPA Coal Ash Bowl Goes to Big Coal

  Yesterday, the EPA issued their long-awaited proposal for new rules on how to regulate the disposal and storage of coal combustion waste (CCW), the byproduct of coal-fired power plants. Since December of 2008, when more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash spilled into the Emory River from a breached impoundment at the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant, environmental and industry groups have been waiting with tense anticipation to see how the Administration will approach regulating this highly toxic waste. As it turns out, they’re still waiting. The EPA actually issued two proposals which, as James Bruggers of the …

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