FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Mountaintop removal coal mining is
destroying the flowering trees and plants that honey bees depend on
for food in the central Appalachians.
So Kentucky lawmakers are considering legislation that would
encourage coal companies to replant bee-friendly vegetation on
mountains after they finish mining.
The House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment
unanimously approved a measure on Thursday that one expert said
could help stabilize decreasing bee populations by replanting the
nectar- and pollen-producing trees and plants that were on the
mountains before they were unearthed in the search for coal.
Democratic state Rep. Fitz Steele of Hazard, a pro-coal
lawmaker, is sponsoring the legislation.
The legislation is House Bill 175.
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