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'Marketplace' Report: Mining Rules

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'Marketplace' Report: Mining Rules

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'Marketplace' Report: Mining Rules

'Marketplace' Report: Mining Rules

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The Bush administration is expected to issue a new rule that would expand a mining practice called mountaintop removal, or strip mining. This is one of the cheapest and safest ways to extract coal, but environmentalists say the method is catastrophic. The controversial procedure involves blasting away entire mountain ridges and dumping the debris into valleys and streams. John Dimsdale of Marketplace talks with Alex Chadwick.