From the Associated Press:
_Breaking with the policies of the Bush administration, the Environmental Protection Agency is sharpening its oversight of mountaintop coal mining to ensure projects do not harm streams and wetlands.
_EPA administrator Lisa Jackson on Tuesday directed the agency staff to review 150 to 200 applications for new or expanded surface coal mines, many mountaintop removal operations, pending before the federal government. . . .
_The permits authorize mining companies that blast away mountaintops to access coal to dump the waste into streams and wetlands. . . .
_Environmentalists hailed the decision as a sea change in policy. The EPA has always had the authority to review and veto [such] permits, but it rarely did so during the Bush administration.
Is this a sea change you welcome?