The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has banned coal mines and coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia from operating until a full review of the state’s environmental and health records is completed, according to a new report from the Sierra Club.
The group is calling for the coal mining ban to be lifted after the agency completes a full and independent review.
The EPA has been reviewing the coal industry in Pennsylvania since the spring of 2015.
The ban, which goes into effect Jan. 1, is intended to protect public health and the environment by reducing pollution from coal mining.
It’s expected to cost Pennsylvania about $1 billion a year to implement, according a statement from the group.
The Sierra Club also noted that coal mining is also affecting public health in other states, including West Virginia.
The state’s population is about 10 percent African American and 30 percent white, according the U.S. Census Bureau.
Coal is used to make cement and other materials.
The coal industry has grown dramatically in recent years, making up about 25 percent of the U,S.
It has been accused of contributing to air pollution and environmental destruction, including mercury emissions and coal ash spills.