HopeTracker| Dead and deformed fish indicate selenium pollution from mountaintop coal mining presents a high level health risk to humans, says Dennis Lemly, a research professor who advocates a ban on mountaintop mining.
Selenium pollution affects fish first, making them an advance barometer of damage to ecosystems downstream from mountaintop removal mining sites.
“We’re killing fish right now with selenium pollution from mountaintop removal mining,” says Lemly. Toxic levels of selenium were found in 73 of 78 stream samples. The threat is expanding as use of this destructive process expands. Once these ecosystems are polluted, damage to the environment is permanent.” read on via Science Daily