The Bush Administration redefined "fill material" in 2002, allowing coal mines in Appalachia to destroy streams with the waste created by blowing the tops off of mountains. They further opened that loophole 2 years later, allowing for the dumping of toxic mine "tailings" into nearby streams. This policy change has led to the destruction of more than 2,000 miles of Appalachian streams and caused the death of untold wildlife
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