- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Alpha Natural Resources is seeking thousands of documents related to the research of a former West Virginia University professor who blames mountaintop coal mining for increased health risks.

The Virginia-based energy company is arguing before the West Virginia Supreme Court to get access to the research of Michael Hendryx.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1DYQgJF ) reports that Hendryx has published a long list of papers that blames mountaintop mining for increased risk of birth defects, cancer and a number of other illnesses among coalfield residents.

Christopher Power is an attorney for an Alpha subsidiary. He argues that university officials have “stiff-armed” the company and its request.

Alpha was among the coal companies that launched a program based at Virginia Tech to fund research questioning the mountaintop removal health studies.

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