15 Jul '11, 10am

Big Coal Says Inbreeding, Not Mining, Is Causing Birth Defects | Care2 Causes

Big Coal Says Inbreeding, Not Mining, Is Causing Birth Defects | Care2 Causes

Unsurprisingly, the mining industry was not very happy about a new finding from West Virginia University , which showed that mountaintop removal may caused birth defects in the surrounding inhabitants. In their attempts to shift the blame for the high rates of birth defects in the parts of Appalachia where mountaintop removal is most prevalent, they resorted to a tired stereotype: West Virginians all marry their cousins. So that’s why their children are born with birth defects. In a memo, the firm Crowell & Moring, which represents the National Mining Association, accused the WVU researchers of using misleading data. But then they went a step further, writing, “The study failed to account for consanquinity [sic], one of the most prominent sources of birth defects.” The term they were looking for, and misspelled, was “consanguinity.” The offensive memo is now down from the ...

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