'/> Uncommon Hours: Here's a shocker: the lax standards of the Bush administration contributed to the Tennessee coal disaster.
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Here's a shocker: the lax standards of the Bush administration contributed to the Tennessee coal disaster.

"EPA and [the federal Office of Surface Mining] are fiddling while ash from burning coal poisons our water and sickens our communities. Inadequate state laws offer scant protection. Federal environmental statutes dictate that EPA and OSM must do what they promised to do and what they have been directed to do -- promulgate enforceable minimum federal standards to protect health and the environment nationwide from the risks posed by mismanagement of coal combustion waste."

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