Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia – Public Meeting in Kentucky Aug. 21-22

A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that is studying the potential relationship between increased health risks and living in proximity to sites being mined or reclaimed for surface coal deposits will hold its fourth public meeting – a town hall and an open session meeting – on Aug. 21 and 22 in Kentucky. The study is focusing on four states in Central Appalachia – Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The committee will hold a town hall to gain insights and information from people living in surrounding communities on Monday, Aug. 21, in Hazard, Ky.  And the following day, representatives from Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky Geological Survey, Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet, and several universities will present and participate in panel discussions during an open session in Lexington, Ky. 


The town hall will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 21, at Perry County Library, 289 Black Gold Blvd., Hazard, Ky.  The open session meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT at Griffin Gate Marriott, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Ky.  Reporters who wish to attend or participate via Webex should contact the Office of News and Public Information, tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu. An agenda for the meeting is available online.

The committee will also hold a one-hour webinar today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT to hear from Dr. Jonathan Borak on his research related to coal mining and human health. Please contact us to join the webinar.

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