Arch Coal Inc. could have cut the stream damage from its proposed Spruce Mine in half without significantly increasing coal-production costs, according to a previously secret engineering report prepared for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Arch Coal has proven what many of us have known for years as coal mining families: while people suffer, and even die, the coal industry and its bankrolled politicians are willing to turn their backs and sacrifice the health and lives of WV citizens in order to maximize profits. For mere pennies per ton of coal mined, Arch Coal has refused to modify their mountaintop removal permit for the interest of public health. And Sen. Joe Manchin has been so bold to defend Arch! We must now ask ourselves: Is Joe Manchin so callous, so greedy, that he would go along with poisoning the people he was elected to represent?"Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-biggers/55-cents-the-cost-of-big_b_810454.html