WVU Researchers Say Coal Mining Endangers Public Health

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Living near a coal mine can be
hazardous to your health.

At least that's the conclusion of West Virginia University
researcher Michael Hendryx. He says people living in mining
communities face higher risk of chronic heart, lung and kidney
diseases.

WVU says Hendryx and Washington State University researcher
Melissa Ahern found the risk of kidney disease rises 70 percent for
residents of West Virginia mining communities. And they found the
risk of emphysema and similar diseases is 64 percent higher, among
other things.

WVU says the study found hospitalization rates rise with coal
production and that coal pollution may kill 313 West Virginians a
year.

The full study is to be published in the American Journal of
Public Health next month.


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  • by Brad Location: Salyersville on Mar 26, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    The chemicals used to treat drinking water are not good for us either. Should we get rid of the water also?
  • by William on Mar 26, 2008 at 05:10 AM
    Yea its dangerous,you could end up with a "JOB" cause you thrive, own a home,educate your childern,and drive a nice car.Be carefull a job could effect your SSI ck,going to the Post Office could never be the same.
  • by Anonymous Location: leslie on Mar 25, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    i swear they come up with more stuff trying to shut the coal mines down. its like this if no coal no power and no cooking. people ned to come up with something else instead of trying to blame coal industrial for everything. i say sell and move away if you are concern about your health. just think about the men that go right into it. they are higher risk than anyone and are more likely to die of it. besides i work at a health facility and doctors have to find a diagnosis..

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