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Interview: The Scourge of Mountain Top Mining in West Virginia

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Tell me more about mountaintop removal. Today it’s done almost exclusively in southern West Virginia, but has been done in Eastern Kentucky, and parts of Tennessee and Virginia too. Scientific studies show that people living near this type of mining disproportionately experience cardiovascular disease, birth defects, and lung cancer, even after controlling for issues like poverty and obesity. How are these health problems connected to mountaintop removal? Exploding mountains contributes to air pollution. Air quality tests in the valleys where people live below these mines – called “hollows” in…

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