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Moving Mountains Lecture: Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and Public HealthMichael HendryxEnviroment-has permanently buried over 1200 miles of streams-spoil is deposited in adjacent valleys-Conductivity in streams and rivers increased. Conductivity shouldn't be that highJobs- Coal industry states: We need those jobsEvery coal mining job ...view middle of the document...

35 jobsGenerates only 8 bill, direct, indirect, induced benefits- coal mining areas low college attendance povertylow income-no coal counties have the a normal income-in fact, poverty rate where mining is significant, is highestHealth-High mortality rate-Age -adjusted lung cancer in coal-mining areas very high-Cardiopulmonary and kidney disease mortality are much higher in areas of Appalachia where mtm occurs. This has been readjusted for smoking, age, etc- Self-reported health surveys from CDC-Low birth rate, Birth defects- Respiratory effects are more significant in woman than men. We don't know why-Paper towel story in town-Mtm dust. Animal tests: dust kills heart cells. It impairs vascular function-Ultrafines- particles the size of a virus. High surface to volume toxicity. High deposition rate.-Annual deaths are much higher

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