Here is a staggering statistic: babies born to mothers living near mountaintop removal sites are TWICE as likely to have birth defects as babies born to mothers who regularly smoke while pregnant.
Fortunately, a new bill in Congress aims to protect the people of Appalachia and ensure that their very lives aren’t sacrificed for the coal industry’s profit. This bill is an historic step in the right direction; it’s exactly the kind of leadership we need in our Capitol.
Please take action now and urge your representative to support the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act (H.R. 526).
In addition to increased birth defect rates, people living in areas of mountaintop removal mining face significantly higher rates of cancer and major diseases, including kidney, heart and respiratory disease. We simply can’t let this ruinous mining practice continue—not while the science is revealing the tragic health effects on the people surrounding mountaintop removal coal mines.
This legislation can’t wait—people in Appalachia are suffering from the effects of mountaintop removal as you read this! Tell your representative to cosponsor the ACHE Act today.