I Love Mountains Day
A new health report by Dr. Michael Hendryx finds that people who live near mountaintop removal mining sites in Floyd County have significantly higher cancer death rates and suffer a higher incidence of other diseases than residents in other Kentucky Appalachian counties where mountaintop removal doesn’t occur.
Declining coal production is hurting Appalachia’s economy, which was already in rough shape. Scholars are looking at Wales, which lost its coal economy in the 1980’s, for examples for how Appalachia might address its economic future. These authors, along with several public leaders from Wales, will speak at the upcoming Appalachia's Bright Future conference, April 19-21 in Harlan, KY.
This editorial points out criticisms raised by KFTC members and many ally organizations about the Beshear Administration's effort to rush through new, weaker standards for selenium pollution. "If there's one thing we can count on from the Beshear administration, it's a willingness to sacrifice Kentucky's water to the coal industry."
The Foot Prints for Peace march, which protests mountaintop removal mining and promotes a sustainable future, is a 200-mile march from Prestonsburg to Frankfort and ends at I love Mountains Day each year. We were treated very nice this year by residents along the march route. The marchers were interviewed by Lexington Channels 57, 27 and channel 18 along the way.