Advocates for coal have harsh words, jeers for EPA and environmentalists
There was no place to hide and few friendly faces for Environmental Protection Agency representatives Thursday, as hundreds of pro-coal supporters showed up at the Pikeville Expo Center Thursday to challenge the agency's objections to mining permits.
The hearings were held over 36 objections applied by the EPA, related to water quality standards of coal mining permits. Over 30 people addressed the panel, most pro-coal supporters with harsh words for the EPA. When the few voices of representatives from groups like the Sierra Club spoke, they were greeted with boos or, in one instance, empty seats, as the audience got up and left during one environmental advocate’s address.