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 Revives Black Lung Bulletin from the 1970s

Our black lung organizer has been working around the clock to assist with virtual meetings for local Black Lung Associations (BLAs), but many members face barriers to participating from home. As a result, we've developed creative ways to stay in touch. From 1970 to...


ACLC's Deputy Director Mary Cromer was featured in a recent article about the coal collapse in Central Appalachia. Despite the complex and challenging issues facing the region, she explained: “I feel like there’s a lot of energy behind systems change right now,” said...

POLITICO: The Deadly Disease That Really Scares Coal Miners

This article follows West Virginia coal miners as they lobby for better protections of black lung benefits in their state capitol. In addition, it documents the difficult reality of living with black lung disease. “You go in healthy and if you're not killed by a rock...

THE HILL: A neglected environmental justice issue: indoor plumbing

A recent article from the hill covers water infrastructure issues, from plumbing to water rates. In part, the article describes issues facing Martin County, Kentucky, where ACLC represents the Martin County Concerned Citizens. "The number of people with nominal access...

THE NEW REPUBLIC: For Fossil Fuel Companies, Bankruptcy Is a Bailout

The New Republic's recent article about coal bankruptcy discusses the ability of coal companies to offset liabilities and skirt obligations, leaving local communities the bear the burden of environmental violations and job losses. Deputy Director Mary Cromer's...


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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