Environmental Politics
Stop the coal industry from sickening so many people

To the editor: Coal has historically been part of the economic lifeblood of our nation. It has been extracted with great labor and considerable danger by brave men who work in conditions most people would not tolerate. It has also been strip mined at great ecological cost. ("EPA rule on power plant emissions faces formidable hurdle in Supreme Court," March 23) We know now that this cost extends to the health of all who breathe coal's toxic brew when it is released from power plant smokestacks here and around the world. It comes as no surprise to me that the power industry is mounting a vigorous assault on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations designed to limit...