Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia – Public Meeting July 11-12

A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee is examining the potential relationship between increased health risks and living in proximity to sites being mined or reclaimed for surface coal deposits.

On July 11 and 12, the committee will hold a public information-gathering meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting will include a presentation from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on the systematic review of mountaintop removal mining, panel discussions on surface coal mining and health effects from invited experts, and a presentation from the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health on the state’s health concerns.

On both days, the presentations and discussions will be followed by a public comment period.

The open sessions of the meeting will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 11, and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 12, in Room 201 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Reporters who wish to attend should contact the Office of News and Public Information, tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu. Those who cannot attend the meeting may join the event via Webex here.

An agenda for the meeting is available online. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #SurfaceCoalHealth.