Strip mining, for those of us who are touched by it, either as residents of areas affected by the mining or as professionals or bureaucrats concerned with the legal or technical issues involved, conjours up vivid images of land devastation, offsite property damage and high profits with little risk involved for the operator.
Edward S. Grandis,
The Federal Strip Mining Act: Environmental Protection Comes to the Coalfields of Virginia,
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