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WHO: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh
WHAT: Public Meeting for Nationwide Permit-21 Surface Mining
WHERE: West Lobby, David Lawrence Convention Center,
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 at 7 p.m. (Registration begins at 6 p.m.)

PLEASE PLAN TO BE THERE EARLY TO SECURE YOUR SEATING AND MAKE YOUR PRESENCE KNOWN

Like the meeting in Charleston, the purpose of the hearing in Pittsburgh is a Corps of Engineers’ proposal to suspend the use of Nationwide Permit 21 in West Virginia and the other Appalachian states. It is simply another example of EPA “forcing” another agency to accept their “anti-mining” viewpoint! NWP 21 is an important part of the mine permitting process that EPA doesn’t like, but gives no “real reason” why. Suspension of this NWP 21 will make permitting much more difficult.

It is another example of EPA using the Corps of Engineers as a front to bring “death to Appalachian coal mining through a thousand cuts” and take the jobs of our people and interrupt their families and their livelihoods.

We must join together to let the folks in Washington know the devastating impact this will have on our people living across West Virginia and the Appalachian coalfields.

If you have questions or need more information please call the West Virginia Coal Association at 304-342-4153.

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