Unfortunately, we have an update to the page 14 article titled, “Private Money May Pay for MTR Mining Study Trump Stopped.” The newsletter was at the printers when news came that the Trump Administration has ordered researchers to stop work on an independent evaluation of potential health effects from mountaintop removal coal mining. We wanted to yell “Stop the presses!,” but it was too late.
We also wanted to yell at the administration over this latest slap in the face to Appalachian communities. Some online commenting is one way to vent for now, as we determine next steps. As of the time we sent this notice out, this page was still accepting comments about the study. Remember, the NAS was ordered by the White House to cease the study, and was seeking private funding to keep the study going. The page to comment to the White House is here.