Award of Excellence
"THE HUMAN TOLL: MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING"
Josh's father, Kenny, leans over his son's casket. Josh passed away after his fight with kidney cancer at the age of 22. A high number of residents of Prenter, WV, have died or become seriously ill and many believe it is related to their water supply, which is thought to be contaminated by decades of mountaintop removal and underground mining near their community. Mountaintop removal mining has become a controversial and highly debated issue as communities near the coalfields suffer from contaminated water and a high level of illnesses and mortality.