House Bill Would Halt New Surface Mines Pending HHS Study

Law360, New York (June 20, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT) -- House Democrats introduced a bill Tuesday seeking a moratorium on new mountain-top surface mining projects across the U.S. until the federal government can complete a full scientific analysis of the health effects of the controversial coal extraction technique.

The Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act would require that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services conduct comprehensive studies of the health effects of surface mining, also known as strip mining, on individuals in surrounding communities. Surface mining involves the removal of mountain tops so as to...
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