Congress Reviews 30-Year-Old Coal Mining Practices

Washington, D.C. – Environmental groups and some members of Congress say that the law, meant to control strip-mining, has allowed state agencies and coal companies to become too cozy. John Corra, Director of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality told members of congress the law was helpful in increasing communication. "Another success story is the cooperative relationship with the industry that we regulate. Over the years we have come to understand the value of being responsive to each other's needs. We are truly partners in protecting the environment," Corra said. West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall chairs the House Natural Resources Committee. He says the current law is ambiguous and enforcement varies widely across the country. His committee wants more feedback on how it can be changed to protect people and the environment.