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Frustration sets in after coal mine health study suspended

November 11, 2017
Associated Press

GLEN DANIEL, W.Va. (AP) — Some people living near mountaintop coal mines in West Virginia are frustrated the Trump administration has suspended the latest federal study on the health impact of surface mining in Appalachia. But they are not entirely surprised.

Chuck Nelson, a former miner, has seen it before.

A U.S. Geological Survey study of mining's impact on air and water was suspended seven years ago.

Nelson and some of his neighbors blame their health conditions on mining. Some studies agreed with them but in the end were inconclusive.

This latest study was supposed to provide the most comprehensive review to date. The Trump administration — a coal industry advocate — suspended it three months ago, citing budget reasons.

 
 
 

 

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