Coal Mining Study Paused by DOI

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Coal Mining Study Paused by DOI

On August 18, 2017, the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) directed the National Academy of Sciences to stop work on a study of potential health effects from mountaintop removal coal mining. The study, which was commissioned by OSM in 2016, was to examine possible connections between health risks and living near current or former surface mining sites in Appalachia. OSM had committed $1 million for the study, but is now reconsidering its funding decision. A Department of the Interior spokesperson indicated that the reconsideration was needed to ensure responsible use of taxpayer money, stating  “in order to ensure the department is using tax dollars in a way that advances the department’s mission and fulfills the roles mandated by Congress, in April the department began reviewing grants and cooperative partnerships that exceed $100,000.”

 

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