Mountaintop Removal

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Mountain top removal is surface coal mining that batters mountain tops and ridge lines. Mountaintop removal started in the 1970's. It is a new type of coal mining that started in Appalachia. Mountaintop removal is currently happening in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. It is an extension of conventional strip mining techniques. Mountaintop removal includes six steps. The six steps are clearing, blasting, digging, dumping waste, processing, and

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