This close-to-home article speaks about the discomforts, and unsafe living environments when next to coal mines. Presently there is Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) and activist group against mountain top removal. They are spreading awareness on what the coal companies are doing to the mountains and how that can negatively affect the communities that surround them. Their aim is to improve the quality of life in the areas where mountain tops are being destroyed.
"A 2010 Environmental Integrity Project/Sierra Club/EarthJustice study, however, found that ash produced by coal-fired power plants contaminated ground water and air with dangerous toxins, including arsenic, benzene, mercury and lead. They're linked to cancer, congestive heart failure, nervous system damage, respiratory diseases, asthma, other health related problems, and lower life expectancies".
The article also provides an informative explanation on how mountain top removal is done. Stephen Lendman concludes with ways for people to get involved and what the next step is to stopping these mountain top removal's. Through informing the reader that "the EarthJustice and other environmental groups are urging Congress to pass HR 1375: Clean Water Protection Act. Introduced on April 5, 2011, then referred to Committee, it's legislation to 'amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify that fill material cannot be comprised of waste'".
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