In this May 2003 file photograph, a coal mining operation in West Virginia where operators have blasted off a mountaintop to uncover valuable, low-sulphur coal seams can be seen. After the coal is removed, leftover rock and dirt is dumped into nearby valleys and streams.
In this May 2003 file photograph, a coal mining operation in West Virginia where operators have blasted off a mountaintop to uncover valuable, low-sulphur coal seams can be seen. After the coal is removed, leftover rock and dirt is dumped into nearby valleys and streams. Pete Souza / Chicago Tribune / MCT
In this May 2003 file photograph, a coal mining operation in West Virginia where operators have blasted off a mountaintop to uncover valuable, low-sulphur coal seams can be seen. After the coal is removed, leftover rock and dirt is dumped into nearby valleys and streams. Pete Souza / Chicago Tribune / MCT

EPA proposes blocking West Virginia mountaintop mine

March 26, 2010 6:22 PM