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Published:January 24th, 2011 10:32 EST
The Obama Administration vs. The WV Coal Industry with Homer Hickam

The Obama Administration vs. The WV Coal Industry with Homer Hickam

By SOP newswire2

The Environmental Protection Agency has revoked a permit issued four years ago to Arch Coal`s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.  This move, seen as the Obama administration asserting its federal authority after the Republican House takeover, has perplexed the WV coal industry and inspired harsh reactions from the state`s two Democratic senators, Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin.

Rockefeller claims that the move "throws other permits into a sea of uncertainty at a time of great economic distress".

So what does the loss of this mining permit really mean for West Virginia, the mining industry, and the economy?  And what provoked the EPA to take this unprecedented step?

Former NASA engineer and mining expert Homer Hickam is hitting print and airwaves to discuss this controversy.  (Homer is currently on book tour for his new book "The Dinosaur Hunter" [], his novel about what happened 65 million years ago in the age of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.)

Ask Homer:

-- Why the EPA decided to revoke the mining permit
-- What the move means for WV`s mining industry and economy
-- What environmental concerns were considered in revoking the permit
-- If he feels politics played a role in the decision

Homer Hickam (Rocket Boys/October Sky, The Keeper`s Son, etc.) is a great interviewee, and has most recently made appearances on all major news and broadcast networks, including NBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, The CW, AP, ABC News Radio, Voice of America, CBS Radio, Washington Times Radio, and numerous others. To discuss this latest story, his novel, and/or the latest in science news, please contact Will Bower at or 202-365-2536.


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NASA Engineer Homer Hickam`s New Book "The Dinosaur Hunter"