We Have Questions: Seeking Explanation For Halted Mining Impact Study In Appalachia
We Have Questions: Seeking Explanation for Halted Mining Impact Study in Appalachia
In a move officials say is meant to “ensure the proper and responsible allocation of taxpayers’ money,” a forthcoming study on the public health impacts of mountaintop removal mining titled, “Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia” was cancelled in August, leaving behind an unaccounted for $400,000 of remaining funding.
The study is supposedly pending a departmental review of projects costing more than $100,000.
This move comes in spite of the fact that similar studies by other agencies investigating different aspects and risks involved with mountaintop removal mining have consistently produced findings that support more — not less — …