Study Ties Mountaintop Removal Mining Dust To Increased Risk Of Lung Cancer

Posted by Mike Confino, October 19, 2014

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Mountaintop removal mining destroys forest ecosystems and clogs streams with often toxic mining waste. And according to a new study, it also increases a person’s risk of lung cancer.

The study, published this week in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, looks at the carcinogenic potential of the particulate matter that enters the air during mountaintop removal mining, a form of surface mining that blasts the tops of mountains away so that underground coal reserves can be accessed. The study found “new evidence” that breathing in this particulate matter over an extended period of time can lead to lung cancer, confirming previous research that has found increased cases of lung cancer in communities that live near coal mining operations in Appalachia.

via Study Ties Mountaintop Removal Mining Dust To Increased Risk Of Lung Cancer | ThinkProgress.