New Study on Potential Human Health Effects of Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are beginning a new study that will examine the potential relationship between increased health risks and living in proximity to sites that are being mined or reclaimed for surface coal deposits. The study will focus on four states in Central Appalachia – Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


The study committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, March 7, in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center on 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.  The open public session will run from 1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  An agenda for the meeting is available online.  Reporters who cannot attend the meeting in-person may join the event via webex here.


Reporters with further inquiries should contact the Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email