Advocating for government action and protection of the public from the health crisis in mountain top removal communities.
Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) is a campaign that seeks to educate others about the birth defects and diseases affecting individuals living in areas with mountain top removal.
Educate the United States Congress (via the committee structure) about the public health crisis affecting citizens living in areas with mountain top removal. To this end, ACHE will seek solutions and government intervention from those agencies with the responsibility to protect the health of Americans.
For the United States government to declare an immediate moratorium on mountaintop removal mining, evaluate the health problems citizens face because of mountain top removal, and report results of such study to Congress.
We will reach our vision by employing the findings of scientific, peer-reviewed research to educate government, public and private sectors and engage in a dialogue with agencies such as, but not limited to, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Cancer Society, the America Lung Association, and the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The key health effects that we will be sharing information about are as follows:
- Babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy HAVE AN 18% HIGHER RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS; however, babies born to mothers who live in areas with mountain top removal mining HAVE A 26 % HIGHER RATE OF BIRTH DEFECTS. Additionally, it was found that this risk is 42% higher over the course of the study period from years 2000-2003 and 181% higher during more recent years, specifically for a heart or lung defect.* (Ahern, MM, et al, Environ. Res., (2011), DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2011.05.19)
- Babies born to mothers who live in areas with high levels of coal mining HAVE A 16% HIGHER CHANCE OF BEING BORN UNDER WEIGHT.* (Ahern, et al, Maternal and Child Health J, DOI: 10.1007/s10995‐009‐0555‐1)
- People who live in areas with mountain top removal mining HAVE HIGHER DEATH RATES compared to people who do not live near MTR mining.* (Hendryx, Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice Volume 4, Number 3, Spring 2011, pp. 44‐53)
- People who live in areas where there is mountain top removal mining HAVE HIGHER RATES OF DEATH FROM CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, (HEART DISEASE).* (Esch & Hendryx; The Journal of Rural Health; 00; 2011; 1‐8)
- People who live in areas with high rates of coal production HAVE HIGHER RATES OF DEATH FROM CERTAIN CANCERS, (BREAST, LUNG, DIGESTIVE, URINARY).* (Hendryx & Hitt; Ecohealth; 2011, DOI: 10.1007/s10393‐101‐0297‐y)
- People who live in counties with mountain top removal mining report significantly MORE DAYS OF POOR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH AND LIMITATIONS OF THEIR ACTIVITY.* (Am J Public Health. 2011;101:848–853. DOI: 10. 2105/AJPH.2010.300073)
*These risks increase when accounting for race, gender, poverty, smoking and other risk factors.