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Petitioning U.S. Army Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp and 5 others

Protect the Black Warrior River From Toxic Strip Mining Waste


Alabama’s Black Warrior River is recognized for its beauty, outstanding recreational opportunities, rare aquatic species, and as a major drinking water source for two of Alabama's largest cities. It is also home to 95 active coal mines -- the majority of Alabama’s coal mines.

Poor mining regulation allows muddy water, toxic metals, and acid mine drainage to pollute the river and clean water for hundreds of thousands of people.

Take action now:
Tell the Army Corps of Engineers to stop rubber-stamping mining permits and close permitting loopholes that let big polluters damage streams and wetlands without local citizens having an opportunity to voice their concerns about the impacts these mines have on water quality, public health, and the environment.

This petition was delivered to:
  • U.S. Army Chief of Engineers
    Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp
  • Commander, Mobile U.S. Army Engineer District
    Colonel Steven Roemhildt
  • Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
    Jo Ellen Darcy
  • Regional Administrator of US EPA Region 4
    Gwen Keyes Fleming
  • Secretary of the Interior
    Ken Salazar
  • Administrator of EPA
    Lisa P. Jackson

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