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2011-12-13 11:23:11

Increased salinity and concentrations of trace elements in one West Virginia watershed have been tied directly to multiple surface coal mines upstream by a detailed new survey of stream chemistry. The Duke University team that conducted the study said it provides new evidence of the cumulative effects multiple mountaintop mining permits can have in a river network. "Our analysis of water samples from 23 sites along West Virginia's Upper Mud River and its tributaries shows that salinity and...

2011-06-23 19:53:41

Study is 1 of first to see outsized health effects on nearby residents Birth defects are significantly more common in areas of mountaintop coal mining and are on the rise as the practice becomes more common, according to a study by researchers at Washington State University and West Virginia University. The researchers, led by Melissa Ahern, health economist and associate professor in WSU's College of Pharmacy, found 235 birth defects per 10,000 births where mountaintop mining is most common...

2011-06-21 18:18:00

BEREA, Ky., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study conducted by Dr. Melissa Ahern at Washington State University, Dr. Michael Hendryx and others at WV University finds significantly higher rates of birth defects in mountaintop removal coal mining (MTM) areas. "The Association between Mountaintop Mining and Birth Defects among Live Births in Central Appalachia, 1996-2003" is now available online in Environmental Research. "Places where mining has disturbed the environment are...


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