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UMWA statement on Obama administration’s mountaintop removal announcement

date: 
June 11, 2009
For immediate release?: 
 

United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“While we are reviewing the new policies outlined today by the Obama administration regarding changes in the approval and enforcement process for mountaintop removal mining permits, the UMWA is very concerned about today’s announcement and what these changes will mean for our members, their families and their communities.

“We were not consulted by the administration regarding the formulation of the policies announced today. I did speak with someone from the administration this morning and expressed our concerns with the process and notification procedures that occurred with respect to those of us who have a stake in these policies.

“There will clearly be some impact from these new policies on the timing for approval of new permits in the short term, although it is not yet clear if there will be any impact on the operations where our members work. And, it is also not yet clear what the long-term implications of today’s actions will be. We will be monitoring events closely in the coming months to see where that is headed.

“I want to be clear: As events unfold over the next months and in the longer term, the UMWA will continue to fight for our members’ jobs, their livelihoods and a secure future for their families. And we will do so without regard to who we have to fight with.”

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