House Committee Approves $1 Billion RECLAIM Act

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After months of grassroots momentum building behind the RECLAIM Act, the House Natural Resources Committee strengthened and approved the bill during a markup this week. The bill would use $1 billion to clean up abandoned mines and spur local economic projects, and now m read more

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ACLC Clients Featured in Smithsonian.com Article ‘Why Black Lung Disease is Deadlier Than Ever Before’

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ACLC Clients Featured in Smithsonian.com Article ‘Why Black Lung Disease is Deadlier Than Ever Before’

ACLC Clients William McCool and Michael Wilson were prominently featured in Maya Wei-Haas’s in-depth article for Smithsonian.com about the deadly resurgence of black lung disease in the United States.  Some excerpts from the story: Black lung ultimately leaves its victi read more

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Spending bill includes significant victories for coal miners and Appalachian communities

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Since 2015, communities in Appalachia have been calling for specific legislation that would assist coal miners and help diversify and strengthen local economies experiencing mass layoffs in the coal sector. The budget deal passed by Congress last week includes exciting read more

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ACLC Quoted in Bloomberg Report About States Eliminating Coal Mine Inspections

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Bloomberg BNA published a special report about the disturbing trend of coal mining states scaling back their mine inspection programs.  ACLC weighed in on Kentucky’s drastic reduction in the number of underground coal mine inspections: Mine owners cannot receive c read more

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ACLC Client Carlos Combs Featured in NY Times Story

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ACLC Client Carlos Combs Featured in NY Times Story

ACLC client Carlos Combs was featured in Hiroko Tabuchi’s May 2, 2017 article in the New York Times titled “Coal Jobs Prove Lucrative, but Not for Those in the Mines.”  From the story: Carlos Combs, 64, a third-generation coal worker in Cumberland, Ky. read more

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ACLC Statement Regarding Introduction of RECLAIM Act in US Senate

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After months of hard work by community advocates from across the country, the “RECLAIM Act” has been introduced in the Senate. The bill would expedite the distribution of $1 billion for mine reclamation and economic diversification in communities struggling with the dec read more

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ACLC Statement Regarding Resurgence of Severe Black Lung in Appalachia

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Black lung among Appalachian coal miners is quite literally worse than ever before. As today’s data from the federal government shows, severe black lung is being found at a higher rate than even in 1970 when black lung data first started being tracked. Current data show read more

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Concerned Citizens of Estill County & ACLC Sue for Documents Related to Attorney General’s Investigation

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For more information, contact: Tom Hart: (606) 723-9678 Robert Shaffer: (859) 200-8047 Mary Cromer: (606) 633-3929 For Immediate Release The Concerned Citizens of Estill County, Inc. (“CCEC”) has brought suit against Kentucky’s Office of the Attorney General, the Cabine read more

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ACLC Releases State Documents on Illegal Frack Waste in Estill County

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The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center (ACLC) and the Concerned Citizens of Estill County (CCEC) are making public a trove of state documents that was received through a series of open records requests to the state governments of Kentucky and West Virginia. These re read more

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ACLC Op-Ed Calls for Congressional Action on RECLAIM Act

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This op-ed was featured in the September 16th, 2016 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader under the title, “Where’s McConnell on Boost for Coal Country?“The RECLAIM Act, currently before Congress, is an opportunity to create both immediate and permane read more

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