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Legislation Addressing Health Impacts of Mountaintop Removal Introduced in Congress

Today, Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and 11 Democratic cosponsors are introducing the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act into the 112th Congress. The bill seeks to help end mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia by highlighting the health impacts associated with the practice.

We applaud this effort to bring the daily tragedy that is mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia to the attention of the American people and their Representatives in the U.S. Congress. We are also grateful for the continued leadership demonstrated by Reps. Kucinich and Slaughter, both cosponsors of the Clean Water Protection Act (H.R.1375), and longtime champions of Appalachia.

About Thom Kay

AV's Legislative Director, Thom spends his days between Durham, NC and Washington D.C., knee deep in politics and legislation, working to persuade decision-makers to protect Appalachian communities from mountaintop removal and to invest in a new economy for the region. He is the least outdoorsy person at Appalachian Voices, and he's just fine with that.


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