Kentucky strip mines
In a slurry impoundment operated by the Martin County Coal Company in Kentucky broke through into abandoned mineworks, out old mine portals, and into tributary streams of the Big Sandy River. Nor is the devastating strip-mining of coal limited to the Appalachian coalfields. In , NIOSH first called for silica exposure limits twice as strict as those in place for coal miners and other workers. Those on foot relied on rope to help navigate the rough terrain, which at one point nearly caused an ATV to flip over. Headwater streams are the lifeblood of the larger watershed. Our communities here are culturally rich.
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And it's heartbreaking. A review of those data shows more than 9, workers were exposed to silica levels that the regulations considered dangerous. Most of the sick and dying miners we interviewed who used dust masks said they often didn't work. He lives in Louisville. And then even the oxygen isn't enough. The fact that the Smoky Mountains is the most visited park in the United States 9,, visitors last year sends us a clear message: The people of this country are attracted by beauty and nature in its pristine state. Letcher County, with 22, people in the southern Appalachian Mountains, appears stuck with no other solution.
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Don't see the graphic above? Adding to the problems are drugs. I want to be as fun with him as I can. Should these efforts fail, and USP Letcher is ultimately built, it will only prove once again that prisons are no solution to the woes of our region. These plants, many of them old and without adequate pollution-control technology, are the major industrial source of air pollution, which causes needless suffering among hundreds of thousands of Americans with asthma, respiratory diseases, and heart conditions. They used drills and mining machines to dig from one coal seam to another underground.
For coalfield residents, coal trucks can be hell on wheels. This comes at a time when national prison populations are declining and Congress has recently passed the first bipartisan prison reform bill in a generation. Lowering overall mine dust doesn't necessarily reduce silica exposure to safe levels. Within a decade, electrical power equipment had been developed: shovels with cubic-yard dippers mounted on the end of a foot boom. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.