As a senator, Barack Obama toured the country asking the public for its vote to send him to the nation’s highest office. On the campaign trail, he said we have to find ways to avoid "simply blowing the tops off mountains."
Mining waste makes mountain streams unsafe for aquatic life and threatens the health of entire Appalachian ecosystems. On top of that, research has shown that people living near mountaintop removal sites have disproportionately higher rates of cancer and birth defects.
A recent Supreme Court victory should spur the Obama administration to more action to protect Appalachian waters and communities. Mountaintop removal mining is still devastating communities, destroying mountains, and harming public health across the region. Communities and families urgently need real protection.
The Obama administration has much more work to do on enforcing the Clean Water Act in this region.
Please tell President Obama you will measure the legacy of his presidency by what he does to end mountaintop removal mining.