"Study Links Stream Pollution To Higher Cancer Rates"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginians who live near streams polluted by coal mining are more likely to die of cancer, according to a first-of-its kind study published by researchers at West Virginia University and Virginia Tech.

The study provides the first peer-reviewed look at the relationship between the biological health of Appalachian streams and public health of coalfield residents.

Published in the scientific journal EcoHealth, the paper compares cancer death rates to population figures, coal production figures and a new index of how far people live to various types of coal-mining operations."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette April 21, 2010.

Source: Charleston Gazette, 04/22/2010