US Scientists Demand Government Ban on Mountaintop Mining

Posted by Trish Riley, January 7, 2010

“Mountaintop mining should be banned for causing vast and permanent destruction to US environment and exposing its people to serious health consequences such as birth defects, a new study says today.

An article in the journal Science, by a team of 12 ecologists, hydrologists, and engineers, provides the most comprehensive analysis so far of the damage done by the controversial mining practice.

“…it would be a disservice to the people who live there to say we just have to study it more,” said Michael Hendryx, a community medicine professor at the University of West Virginia. “The monetary costs of the industry in terms of premature mortality and other impacts far outweighs any benefits.”

via US Scientists Demand Government Ban on Mountaintop Mining | CommonDreams.org.

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