Coal mining companies in Montana frequently use explosives to blast the earth and the coal seam in order to mine the coal. Frequently this blasting creates poisonous orange clouds of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that can reach 300 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s ambient safety levels. NOx pollution is hazardous to humans. It can cause respiratory diseases, aggravate heart disease, and in extreme cases lead to premature death. We need you to sign our petition to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) today, and ask that it ban poisonous orange clouds!
OSM, the federal agency that oversees coal mining in the U.S., is considering a rule that would prevent nitrogen oxide emissions from hitting visible levels. This action would protect coal mine workers, Montana communities, and the environment. It’s past time for OSM to take action.
Coal mining corporations can use best industry practices to reduce and possibly eliminate the poisonous orange clouds from their blasting activities. This would be a step forward in protecting their employees, adjacent communities, and the environment from dangerous NOx pollution.
Communities and the environment shouldn’t have to suffer from increased levels of pollution simply because coal corporations want to cut costs. Take a minute, and tell the OSM to put a stop to these dangerous orange clouds.