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Coal Community Residents Again Ask Congress For Health Study Of Mountaintop Removal

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Residents of Appalachian coal communities told a Congressional subcommittee Tuesday that the controversial mining practice known as mountaintop removal should be halted until its health effects are better studied. Late in the Obama administration the National Academy of Sciences launched a study into the health effects for communities near mountaintop removal coal mines. Donna Branham of Lenore,… Read More

Study Shows Area The Size of Delaware Affected By Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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An area roughly the size of Delaware has been mined for coal in Appalachia using mountaintop removal, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers from Duke University and nonprofit organizations SkyTruth and Appalachian Voices developed an open-source mapping tool drawing on satellite imagery. The new data show the amount of… Read More

West Virginia To Review Mining-Health Research

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration will review studies linking mountaintop removal mining with health problems in nearby communities. State health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta tells The Charleston Gazette that the Bureau for Public Health and Department of Environmental Protection will evaluate the research. Gupta says the state will coordinate with federal scientific and regulatory agencies…. Read More