Trump ’ s Halt on Coal Mining Study Has Asbestos Implications

The U.S. Department of the Interior has ordered a halt to a study on the public health risks of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia — an area ripe with natural asbestos deposits. A letter from the Interior Department on Monday directed the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to “cease all work” on the study, citing responsible spending of taxpayer dollars as the reason for the decision. The $1 million National Academies study began in 2016 and was expected to take two years to complete. It aimed to evaluate health risks of a common mining technique for people living near surface coal mine sites in Central Appalachia. National Academies, a nongovernmental institution, had assembled a 12-member expert committee to assess “new approaches to safeguard the health of residents living near these types of coal mining operations.” Central Appalachia covers portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. The Appalachian mountain range is a hotspot for natural deposits of asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to serious respiratory conditions including asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma. “Mountaintop removal mining has been shown to cause lung cancer, heart disease, and other medical problems,” Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., the ranking Democrat on the House Committee of Natural Resources, said in a statement. “Stopping this study is a ploy to stop science in its tracks and keep the public in the d...
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