20 Oct '14, 2pm

Mountaintop Removal Linked to Cancer via @ecowatch

Mountaintop Removal Linked to Cancer via @ecowatch

makes when the tops of mountains are literally blown off to access the coal inside them. Forests are stripped and debris is dumped into streams and valleys, leaving behind a ravaged landscape. It’s partly responsible for the loss of jobs in the coal industry since it requires only a handful of workers to operate the huge machines involved. Now we’re learning that the process, which has been touted by advocates as cleaner and safer than below-ground coal mining, is the direct cause of a lung cancer epidemic in the Appalachian communities—primarily in West Virginia, Kentucky and southwestern Virginia—where mountaintop removal coal mining is taking place.

Full article: http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/20/mountaintop-removal-coal-c...

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