I made a poster about some of the more serious elements found in high concentrations in drinking water near mountaintop removal sites. I was going to paint all the chemicals found in the air due to coal power plant emissions on the other side, but I figured there was enough to suggest pain, misery, and death on the contaminated water side. What it lacks in aesthetic value, it makes up for in horrifying facts about health problems caused by mountaintop mining. The text isn’t very legible from this image, but if you google each element along with the terms World Health Organization and human health, there’s a nice 5-10 page pdf on each one. I also reference the Kentucky Environmental Foundation’s Health Impact Assessment of Coal and Clean Energy (if you’ve been following me for a while, this is the same report I studied last year). If you live in Kentucky, read it, or at least skim the graphs. Ditto and double emphasis on READ IT if you live in a coal mining region.
Now, I must do a bit of packing for tomorrow I’m headed to Frankfort to love me some mountains!
Happy I Love Mountains Day everyone!