If it passes, North Carolina would become the first state in the nation with such a law.
The mining method isn't practiced in North Carolina, but 61 percent of the state's power comes from coal; North Carolina is second only to Georgia in the amount of MTR-mined coal it burns. According to Appalachian Voices, a group devoted to ending the controversial and destructive mining practice, 13 power plants in North Carolina buy coal from mountaintop-removal mine sites. Most of it comes from nearby West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia.
Rep Harrison has been a staunch advocate for smart, foresighted legislation, and has been a key member in protecting North Carolina's environment. Here's hoping the bill finds the necessary support in the House.