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Trump Administration ignores environmental impacts of coal mining near Bryce Canyon National Park

Coal News - Published on Fri, 19 Apr 2019

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Nation of Change reported that a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s approval of Alton Coal’s mine expansion near Bryce Canyon National Park was filed today by Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Grand Canyon Trust, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and WildEarth Guardians. The organizations filed a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenge to the recent approval of the expanded mine, which would extract millions of tons of coal and exacerbate climate change impacts including air pollution and other threats.

In August of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved an environmental report that allows Alton to expand its mine onto 2,114 acres of public land to extract more than 30 million tons of coal. The complaint argues that BLM failed to analyze the impacts of mercury pollution from burning coal, did not consider the enormous social costs of increased carbon emissions, and refused to take a broader, more cumulative look at the climate impacts of this project as is required under NEPA.

Nathaniel Shoaff, Senior Attorney at the Sierra Club said that “The Trump Administration has repeatedly put corporate interests ahead of the American people and the safety of our health and environment. It’s disappointing, but not surprising, to see the Trump Administration approve this mine expansion without accounting for all the pollution impacts. Our organizations remain strongly committed to protecting the climate, environment, and cultural resources in southern Utah.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 19 Apr 2019
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