Feds fund $1M health study of residents near surface mines

By The Associated Press

Federal officials plan a $1 million study about whether residents near Central Appalachia surface coal mines face greater health risks.

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials plan a $1 million study about whether residents near Central Appalachia surface coal mines face greater health risks.

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement announced Wednesday that it will fund a $1 million National Academy of Sciences study.

The Academy will pick 12 subject matter experts to examine research and hold four town-hall meetings.

Meeting specifics haven't been determined.

A news release says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency are conducting similar studies.

Studies have linked living near mountaintop removal mines to a greater risk of cancer, birth defects and premature death. Mountaintop removal is a type of a surface mining where mountaintops are blown apart with explosives.

West Virginia state officials requested the federal study in 2015.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs