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.

ACLC Receives 2018 East Kentucky Leadership Award for Organization

The Appalachian Citizens' Law Center is honored to announce that we will be receiving the 2018 East Kentucky Leadership Award for Organization. WYMT-TV out of Hazard, KY, has done a nice feature on our work that we recommend you check out. As the video notes, "It...

Deadline for Commenting on Estill County Fracking Waste Plan is Feb 12

Citizens in Estill County, Kentucky, are still deeply concerned about the state's plan to leave in place nearly 2,000 tons of radioactive fracking waste in the county's Blue Ridge Landfill. They voiced those concerns at a public forum on January 29 in Irvine, Kentucky...

Media Roundup: Martin County Water

Many of the residents in Martin County, Kentucky, have a story about their water. Sometimes it has a weird color, sometimes it smells bad, and sometimes the water isn't there at all: during a cold snap earlier this month, the county shut off water to most of its...


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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