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Community Science and Public Health Resources

Healthier Kentuckians Through Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency

Describes, by documenting scientific studies, how transitioning to sustainable, clean energy solutions will benefit our health and well-being.

Webinar about health impacts of mountaintop mining

This slideshow was developed to help inform KFTC members and other audiences about recent studies linking poor health with proximity to large scale strip-mining.

Mountaintop Mining Consequences

This is a brief and comprehensive review of many scientific studies describing the environmental and health consequences of mountaintop coal mining in Central Appalachia.

KFTC Fact Sheet on the Health Impacts of Mountaintop Mining

This fact sheet can be downloaded and used in your local organizing and outreach efforts.

Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal

This study estimates that the mining, transporting and burning of coal results in $75 billion annually in public health costs in Appalachian communities, with a majority of those impacts resulting from increased health care costs, injury, and death.


Self-Reported Cancer Rates in Two Rural Areas of West Virginia

This study found that mountaintop mining is linked with increased community cancer risk. Self-reported rates of cancer were higher in a WV county with mountaintop coal mining than in a similar, nearby Appalachian county without large scale strip mining.

Health-Related Quality of Life Among Central Appalachian Residents in Mountaintop Mining Counties

 This study found that residents of Central Appalachian counties with mountaintop coal mining reported significantly more days of poor physical, mental and activity limitation and rated their own health more poorly than people living in similar communities without large scale strip-mining.


Association between Mountaintop Mining and Birth Defects in Central Appalachia

This study found that the rate of children born with birth defects was 42% higher in Appalachian communities with mountaintop coal mining than in similar non-mining communities.

Links to numerous scientific studies about health impacts of mining

This page contains direct links to numerous, recent peer reviewed studies about the health impacts of large scale surface coal mining in Central Appalachia.