mountaintop removal

Erica Peterson | wfpl.org

This week a federal agency announced it will fund a million dollar review of current research on links between surface coal mining and human health risks. 

Bms4880, Wikimedia Commons

A St. Louis-based coal company with mines throughout the region has agreed to phase out its mountaintop removal sites. Patriot Coal agreed to the measure as part of a settlement that grants the company more time to control water pollution at its mines in West Virginia.