Mountaintop-removal mining is not only bad for the environment, it's bad -- very bad -- for the health of the people who are exposed to it. A new study, based on a door-to-door survey, found that in communities exposed to this type of mining, cancer rates were twice as high as in communities that weren’t exposed. That's after controlling for all of those other cancer-causing factors: age, sex, smoking, occupation, etc. Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones puts this in context: Nationally, 3.9 percent of Americans are cancer survivors, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but the rate in West …
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