Mountaintop Removal is Killing People!!!
The Evidence is Coming In...

Child Protests Health CrisisPeer-reviewed studies are beginning to roll in that confirm what coalfield activists have suspected for a long time. That is, communities under the shadow of mountaintop removal have much higher rates of serious health impairment and morbidity.

Yes, mountaintop removal looks ugly. It drives out communities and their culture, degrades ecosystems, increases the liklihood of flooding, and the practice divides people. Yet there is worse. Mountaintop removal exudes toxic wastes into the air and water, and these wastes are killing people.

For the past several years, residents in areas with heavy mountaintop removal have been worried about the high numbers of friends and neighbors afflicted with cancer, asthma, kidney diseases, skin ailments, and other maladies. Deaths are mounting from cancer, including many who are in their early years of life. Government statistics now confirm the high rate of illnesses and deaths that correlate remarkably with local coal production. Studies are now ongoing to further diagnose the causality.

Maria Protests Health CrisisHigh rates of Birth Defects are now linked to Mountaintop Removal. A recent Peer-reviewed study concludes the correlation. Coal-fired power plants are already implicated as the highest emitter of mercury into the ecosystem, causing significant neurological damage to one in six babies. A nation with conscience cannot tolerate environmental pollution to "the least of these" (Matthew 25:31-46). Please urge your church to understand this as a crucial life issue!!!

For more information, see the following:

Full Listing of Health Studies (OVEC Site)

Summary of Health Impact Studies on Mountaintop Removal

Listing of Health Studies (CRMW Site)

Activists Cry Out in Washington On Crisis of Health

Beyond Coal Campaign Exposes Health Risks to Communities

Save The Babies: High Birth Defect Rate in Mountaintop Removal Areas. (Dedicated FaceBook Site)

Professor Michael Hendryx, et. al. Study on Birth Defects in Mountaintop Mining Communities

Study Finds Mountaintop Removal Communities Have a Very High Rate of Birth Defects

Coal Industry Blames Birth Defects on Appalachian Stereotype of Consanguinity

Jeff Biggers article in Huffington Post

Summary of Health Study on Correlation of MTR Communities and Impaired Health

Support the Appalachian CommunityHealth Emergency (ACHE) to place before Congress this health crisis as a moral issue.

American Institute of Biological Sciences peer-reviewed study shows MTR negatively impacts climate, biodiversity, etc. (April 2013)

US Geoological Survey Finds Toxins in Air, Water, Soil in Mountaintop Removal communities along Coal River (July 2012)

UN human rights group calls for investigation of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia (May 2013)