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Federal oversight needed

November 18, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

We didn't ask for the pollution, but it is taking over our community and all because a polluter was allowed to create an experiment in our community.

There were never any solid facts, just lots of assumptions, predictions and expectations; little to no data, and yet Little Blue grew into the nation's largest toxic coal ash dump.

Little Blue is an experiment gone horribly wrong and we are suffering because of it. And this site is the national poster child for why communities need federal requirements that the states must enforce.

The PADEP and WVDEP have failed in their oversight of Little Blue and we are paying the price in property damage, health damage and the loss of our beautiful neighborhoods.

This should never be allowed to happen again. We need federal rules that require states to enforce laws on the books designed to protect public health and our drinking water.

Elected officials should stand with citizens like me urging federal rules, not more protection for polluters. Don't be fooled, Congressional efforts to adopt coal ash rules that strip federal oversight by the US EPA is bad for health.

Check Congressman McKinley's campaign contributors and ask yourself who does his bad coal ash bill really protect, us or the polluters? He's stand with polluters not us.

Debbie Havens


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