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.

U.S. Court of Appeals: ACLC Attorney Mary Cromer’s Oral Argument

ACLC Attorney Mary Cromer presented her oral argument on Tuesday, March 20th before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her case, M.L. Johnson Family Properties, LLC. v. Ryan Zinke, boils down to an argument regarding the...

APNewsBreak: Congress’ Inaction Endangers Black Lung Fund

ACLC client and Black Lung Association member Patty Amburgey explains that benefits will soon dry up if congress refuses to extend the Black Lung Excise Tax. Dr. Brandon Crum weighs in on the black lung epidemic on the rise in the region. “I just feel that Mitch...

Devil in the Dust: 2019 Black Lung Benefits Stuck at 2018 Rates

ACLC Attorney Raabia Wazir published an article on Tuesday on Devil in the Dust, a blog about black lung. The article outlines the adverse effects the recent government shutdown had on former coal miners receiving federal black lung benefits and explains the need for...

RFI Le Vois Du Monde: “Coal: A Devastating Global Addiction”

Recently, our Director Wes Addington was interviewed by French and Swiss public radio stations. If you are fluent in French or just curious, you can find the link to the radio story below. "Coal is still the second largest source of energy after oil: it produces 27%...

Press Release: Announcing ACLC’s New Executive Director

Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center appoints Wes Addington, long-time ACLC employee and Black Lung attorney, as Executive Director. Read more about this exciting transition in a letter from Wes below. For Immediate Release   Dear Friends, After 14 years working at...


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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