13 Jul '11, 3pm

Birth Defects Study Adds Urgency to Mountaintop Removal Health Concerns

WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 2011) -- Scientists, environmental advocates, and Appalachian residents affected by mountaintop removal called on Congress today to heed the warning in new research that suggest a link between mountaintop removal mining and elevated rates of certain birth defects. Their visit came as the House of Representatives considers legislation that would weaken federal Clean Water Act protections against pollution from mountaintop removal mines and other projects. “The spiraling health crises in the central Appalachian coalfields have reached a breaking point,” said West Virginian Maria Gunnoe of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. She delivered an appeal to Congress to enact a moratorium on mountaintop removal mining that was issued yesterday by prominent Appalachian community leaders: “We appeal to the nation to intervene and bring an end to the stagg...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2011/110713.asp

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