Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center



The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center is a nonprofit law firm that fights for justice in the coalfields by representing coal miners and their families on issues of black lung and mine safety and by working with grassroots groups and individuals to protect the land and people from misuse and degradation caused by extractive industries.

Press Round Up: Martin County Water Affordability Report

The Martin County Water Affordability Report, compiled by Appalachian Citizens' Law Center's Deputy Director Mary Cromer and the Martin County Concerned Citizens' organizer Ricki Draper, was released yesterday following a press conference held on the steps of...

JUST RELEASED: Martin County Drinking Water Affordability Report

ACLC’s deputy director and environmental attorney, Mary Cromer, just released a report on the affordability of drinking water in Martin County, Kentucky, along with Ricki Draper of the Martin County Concerned Citizens. This report was put together for the Martin...

MACED: Infrastructure In Eastern Kentucky

In conjunction with MACED's Appalachia's New Day campaign, they have recently published an article about the water crisis in Martin County, Kentucky. Martin County Concerned Citizens is working on it. Nina McCoy, chair of the group, said they have found greater...

MACED: Black Lung In Eastern Kentucky

As part of their Appalachia's New Day campaign that highlights important projects across the region, MACED published an article last week about the black lung epidemic in Central Appalachia. "The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center (ACLC), based in Letcher County,...

ACLC: Help Us Send Coal Miners with Black Lung to Washington, DC!

June 20th, 2019 -- ACLC launches a crowdfunding campaign to send 100 miners with black lung and their family members to Washington, DC to demand that congress take action to protect black lung benefits! Please give now to support our efforts:

Martin County Film Screening: Food & Water Watch Joins as Co-Sponsor

We are very excited to announce that Food & Water Watch is co-sponsoring our Martin County Water Crisis Film Screening event in Lexington at 21c Museum Hotel. As described on their website, "Food & Water Watch mobilizes regular people to build political power to move...


Since our founding, ACLC has served the needs of hundreds of coal miners, their families, and residents of the coalfields. We have addressed the legacy issues of coal mining through litigation, policy advocacy, and direct outreach work with impacted coal miners and community members.
We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, suggestions, or anything else that would further our work in this region and beyond.

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