What responsibility do mining companies have to the mountain after they have performed mountain top removal mining?



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    The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 requires the land be “reclaimed” through a couple of options with money from the Abandoned Mine Land fund. This usually involves some type of cleanup of remaining loose coal and sediment. Reparations are sometimes, but not often, paid to the surrounding communities for the pollution of ground water. Realistically mining companies are so powerful politically that they are rarely held responsible for the damage they do to the mountains and the surrounding communities.

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