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US Update

Published by MAC on 2006-05-25

US Update

25th May 2006

Yet another disaster exemplifies the unacceptable lack of regulation of USA coal pits. It struck a mine in Harlan County, Kentucky - site of historic battles in 1931-32, and again in the 1970s, between mineowners and workers demanding basic rights.

According to the watchdog on Office Policy Management and Budget (OPMB) a "giant stride" has just been taken to preserve the US public's right to know about toxic pollution with the passage of a House amendment that " protects public health and safety by preventing the EPA from rolling back reporting requirements to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program."

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