Every day millions of pounds of explosives are detonated in Appalachia, blowing off the tops of mountains to expose seams of coal. Toxic dust billows into the air, and mining waste is dumped straight into streams, poisoning water for both people and wildlife.
Communities near mountaintop-removal mining face significantly elevated rates of cancer, birth defects and major illness, including kidney, heart and respiratory disease. Mountaintop removal also threatens endangered fish, salamanders, bats, crayfish, and freshwater mussels found nowhere else on Earth.
Fortunately a new bill in Congress aims to protect Appalachia from this extreme mining practice, ensuring that human health and endangered species won't be further sacrificed for the coal industry's profit.
Using the form, please contact your representatives and urge them to support the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (H.R. 786), which would place a moratorium on new mountaintop-removal permits.
February 23, 2017 Action Alert ID# 478
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