USGS Halts Research On Mountaintop Removal’s Public-health Effects

Jul 28, 2014

"'The data is pretty startling for some of these things,' [USGS scientist Bill] Orem said last week. 'To me, it’s compelling enough that a more targeted health study needs to be conducted in these areas.'  See more at:

However, if that more in-depth study is going to ever be done, it won’t be by Orem and his USGS team. Last year, the Obama administration quietly put the brakes on any new field work to gather data on the potential public-health threats posed by mountaintop removal."
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