Coal Study Gets the Cold Shoulder

The cancellation of a $1 million study of coal mining’s health toll in the US Central Appalachia is raising eyebrows.
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine was studying surface coal mining’s toll on air, water and health in Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. With $400,000 still in its coffers, the study was halted by the Department of the Interior to ensure “responsible allocation of taxpayers’ money.”
Similar studies have called for closer monitoring of mountaintop removal mining’s health toll.
A group of Congressional representatives want it reinstated. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) criticized a White House that “routinely suppresses science” that counters its ideology.
West Virginia Public Radio

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