Beckley Register-Herald - Surface mining impact, water quality addressed
A recent study by Dr. Michael Hendryx, for example, showed that deaths from cardiovascular disease are significantly higher in mining areas, particularly those near mountaintop removal sites. Hendryx, one of the speakers in the Coalfield Environmental Health Project series, has also studied rates of cancer, birth defects and microvascular dysfunction in coalfield residents.

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