Dr. Donald Rasmussen (1928-2015) Yesterday we lost a giant in the field of black lung disease and advocacy.  Dr. Donald Rasmussen passed away after 87 years.  He spent most of those years evaluating coal miners for black lung disease, reporting his research, and working tirelessly to create and improve the black lung benefits system.  Until he was recently hospitalized, he was still actively examining miners at his clinic in Beckley,...

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Kendall Bilbrey and Eric Dixon speak about their new research paper on the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program, which includes input from a broad range of stakeholders across the Appalachian region. The report analyzes the history and impact of the AML Program and identifies potential improvements that could provide jobs and other economic benefits in the coalfields. Learn more about the research paper...

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Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and the Alliance for Appalachia have released a comprehensive analysis of the federal Abandoned Mine Lands program and the potential the AML fund has to provide economic opportunity in Central Appalachia. Authored by ACLC’s Eric Dixon and Kendall Bilbrey of the Alliance for Appalachia, the research paper is an extraordinary resource for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of AML...

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Central Appalachian groups publish paper demonstrating economic potential of reclaiming abandoned mines The AML Policy Priorities Group, a multi-stakeholder group examining the abandoned mine lands fund is releasing a research paper (download here) that assesses the opportunity for Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) program in the Central Appalachian region. The paper provides recommendations for specific policy changes that would provide...

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ACLC’s Eric Dixon, along with Kendall Bilbrey of the Alliance for Appalachia, will be releasing the Abandoned Mine Lands Policy Group White Paper in an open call-in press conference on July 8 at 1pm. This teleconference is an opportunity to learn more about the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund, the issues our communities are facing with abandoned mine lands, and the policy changes we wish to see for the economic transition of our...

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