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Combating Mountaintop RemovalNew Directions in the Fight against Big Coal$
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Bryan T. McNeil

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036439

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036439.001.0001

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(p.171) Epilogue
Combating Mountaintop Removal

Bryan T. McNeil

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter talks about how strong continuities endure between the movement against mountaintop removal as it existed in 2003 and the various forms that have emerged through 2010. Particular attention is given to several important developments that warrant specific mention. Efforts challenging the coal industry and regulatory agencies continued to succeed in federal district courts. Working with grassroots organizations and national environmental law organizations like Earth Justice, Joe Lovett, and others have successfully challenged several specific pieces of mine regulation and enforcement, including the so-called Nationwide-21 permit procedure. Seasoned coalfield residents provided powerful firsthand testimony that yielded credibility to the MTR movement. Meanwhile, youthful enthusiasm and civil disobedience often drew public attention and new interest to the cause, particularly among young people and college students.

Keywords:   mountaintop removal, MTR movement, coal industry, regulatory agencies, Earth Justice, Joe Lovett, mine regulation, Nationwide-21 permit

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