The Myth of Mountaintop Removal Reclamation

The Myth of Mountaintop Removal Reclamation

The mining industry has long exploited a federal statutory provision that exempts them from restoring the land to its “approximate original contour” if there is a plan to develop the land for “equal or better economic use” such as “industrial, commercial, residential or public use.” However, NRDC’s analysis — released today in its report Reclamation FAIL — confirms that nearly 90 percent of mountaintop removal sites have not been converted to economic uses.

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