Forests are clear–cut and undergrowth removed
Explosives are used to reduce to rubble
over 500 feet from the tops of mountains.
The rubble is scooped up and dumped into nearby valleys
and sludge ponds are created to hold in the waste coal sludge.
This practice poisons waterways downstream
destroys wildlife habitat
increases run-off, erosion and flooding
and erases entire communities.
The EPA estimates that by 2005
mountaintop removal had buried and contaminated
more than 1200 miles of streams in Appalachia
and by 2013
a forested area the size of Delaware
will have been destroyed.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Switch to alternative energy sources suchas solar or wind. Petition local and state representatives to stop mountaintop destruction.
For more information visit NRDC.org
© What is Missing? Foundation
Audio: What is Missing? Foundation
Source: Mitchell, National Geographic & Sierra Club
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