Commentary: Kentucky gov. offers responsible approach to coal

This editorial appeared in The Lexington Herald-Leader.

Kentucky politicians always insist coal can be mined and burned in an environmentally responsible way.

Gov. Steve Beshear is out to prove it.

Beshear this week publicly opposed a Bush administration proposal that would shatter already weak protections for streams affected by mountaintop removal mining.

The rule change is one of many public and environmental protections the Bush people are trying to do in on their way out.

Beshear joined U.S. Reps. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, and John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, and thousands of citizens in opposing the elimination of the buffer-zone protection for streams. Though widely ignored and unenforced, the rule has been on the books since 1983 and has been used to challenge the most destructive mining practices.

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