Toll of Coal Health Conference: Registration Open

Toll of Coal Health Conference
Huntington, WV, Saturday Nov. 20

The Toll of Coal: Cradle to Grave Impacts of Coal on Human Health
at Marshall University’s Campus Christian Center , #1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV

Join scientists, health professionals, students, coalfield residents and others. We’ll explore how the entire cycle of coal use impacts human health — impacts from mining, “cleaning,” transportation and burning, to coal ash disposal.

Engage with Panels, Interactive Workshops and our Keynote Speaker, 20-year environmental justice advocate Rita Harris, with Sierra Club’s Environmental Justice Program.

Panelists include Dr. Ben Stout of Wheeling Jesuit University; Dr. Michael Hendryx of West Virginia University; Dr. Michael M. Kostenko, DO from Daniels, WV; Maria Lambert, resident of Prenter, WV, where community members believe coal-slurry-contaminated groundwater has impacted people’s health; retired deep miner and OVEC volunteer Chuck Nelson; and Truman Hurt, with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.

Registration deadline: Nov. 15. To register contact OVEC at 304-522-0246 or e-mail Tonya at For more information and for a mail-in registration form go to

Registration fee: $20, includes lunch / $10 for students, includes lunch. Inquire about scholarship funds if needed. We have limited space, so please make your reservations early.

Conference sponsored by OVEC, MU SEAC and the Sierra Club WV Chapter.

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.