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.

E&E News: Advocates frustrated by inaction on black lung, cleanup bill

An E&E News story published today highlights Congress's inaction on the RECLAIM Act and the issues facing the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. The story features quotes from retired miner and ACLC client Kenny Fleming (pictured above, left) and ACLC staff Eric Dixon....

AP: Coal miners urge Congress extension of black lung funding

The Associated Press has a story today about the trip that ACLC clients, staff and partner organizations made this week to Washington, DC to demand an extension of the excise tax that funds benefits and medical treatment for miners suffering from black lung disease. ...

The Nation: “Appalachia Already Has a Plan To Get Past Coal”

Yesterday, The Nation posted an article regarding economic transition in Central Appalachia. The article features ACLC's Coordinator of Policy and Community Engagement, Eric Dixon. "As a region we have an opportunity to invest in projects that could actually create...

The Appalachian Voice: Battling for Black Lung Benefits

ACLC attorney Evan Smith was quoted in Kevin Ridder's article about the impending decrease in funding for federal black lung benefits.  Unless Congress acts before the end of the year, tax revenues to compensate disabled coal miners and their widows will be cut by...


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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