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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