• Share your concerns about mountaintop removal health impacts

    The National Academy of Sciences is undertaking a review of existing research on links between mountaintop removal coal mining and health risks. The review is funded by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in response to a request from the state of West Virginia. As part of

  • WV Groups Protest Health Impacts of MTR; State Responds

    Putting Their Foot Down: Hundreds Rally at WVDEP Several hundred people gathered in Charleston, WV on Monday, March 16th for the People’s Foot rally at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The event was hosted by a coalition of West Virginia groups demanding an end to mountaintop removal and

  • Water Quality Reports Faked; Appalachian Health Put At Risk

    In a report that we wish was shocking, a lab in West Virginia was recently convicted of faking water quality reports. Ken Ward with the Charleston Gazette reported, “Appalachian [Laboratory] employees “falsified and rendered inaccurate” water samples by diluting them with distilled water or replacing them with water they knew

  • Sustaining Healthy Appalachian Communities

    Editor’s Note: Wendy Johnston is a sixth generation West Virginian from Mercer County and the granddaughter and great granddaughter of coal miners. Her post is the second in a series of guest blogs coinciding with our “No More Excuses” campaign on iLoveMountains.org, where we ask impacted Appalachians why President Obama

  • Appalachians Call on Congress to Protect Their Health

    Over 150 U.S. Citizens Visit DC To Call for End to Mountaintop Removal – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – CONTACT Jamie Goodman, Appalachian Voices, (828) 719-9493…

  • Health-Related Quality of Life Among Central Appalachian Residents in Mountaintop Mining Counties

    In this study, residents in counties with mountaintop removal coal mining reported an average of 18 more unhealthy days (poor physical, mental, and activity limitation) per year as compared to other counties:  “…approximately 1,404 days, or almost four years, of an average American lifetime.”  The authors state that these results contribute to

  • A Comparative Analysis of Health-Related Quality of Life for Residents of U.S.Counties with and without Coal Mining

    The authors show that residents of coal mining counties both inside and outside of Appalachia had fewer healthy days for both physical and mental reasons.  The disparities were greatest for people residing in Appalachian coal mining areas.  The authors conclude that residents living in coal mining areas are “characterized by