We are working to build a collective vision alongside community groups and organizations to move the region towards a just economic transition. It continues to be clear that strong policy and advocacy work is needed in the region to move towards a fair and equitable economic transition in the region, and as a result, our capacity in this area continues to grow so that we can meet this need. 

Our work, in collaboration with other regional organizations, reflects the impactful opportunities for policy change that arise through meaningful grassroots organizing and advocacy work that begins in the communities we serve and reflects the voices of local individuals and families.

We are unique in that we understand our role in advocacy and organizing through the lens of the legal system, which allows us to look at legal pressure points that might allow for greater justice for families and communities. This perspective can be extremely useful for identifying creative pathways to change, including the ability to weigh in on federal rules that can have a profound effect on the communities we serve. 

Martin County Drinking Water Affordability Report, 2019

Deputy director Mary Cromer released a joint report with the Martin County Concerned Citizens (MCCC) looking at the affordability of drinking water in Martin County, Kentucky. This report was put together to aid in MCCC’s fight to hold public officials accountable and to ensure their community has access to safe, affordable drinking water. ACLC represents the citizens’ group free of charge. View the full report here.

A New Horizon: Innovative Reclamation for a Just Transition, 2019

This report highlights the successes of the AML Pilot Program in 2019 from previously submitted projects and showcases a brand new round of innovative projects. It was compiled by the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition, including Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, Appalachian Voices, Coalfield Development Corporation, Downstream Strategies, and Rural Action. Foundational to our coalition’s work is the understanding that specific, targeted intervention is necessary to ensure that an equitable vision becomes reality. Read the report here.

Many Voices, Many Solutions: Innovative Mine Reclamation in Central Appalachia, 2018

This report, created by the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition, seeks to spur innovative economic development throughout Appalachia in communities where the landscape has been irreparably changed by coal mining. Specifically, the report provides case studies of projects that advance community development amidst abandoned mine lands, or in some cases by reclaiming abandoned mine features as part of the project. View the report here.

Abandoned Mine Land Program Report: A Policy Analysis for Central Appalachia and the Nation, 2015

This report is the culmination of a year-long participatory research process in collaboration with The Alliance for Appalachia and the AML Policy Priorities Group. The research process was guided by a range of stakeholders, including affected citizens, community members, policy experts, organizers, and government officials. The report found that while great strides have been made in reclaiming America’s abandoned coal mines, it will take at least $9.6 billion to remediate the remaining 6.2 million acres of lands and waters ravaged by AML problems. Many abandoned mines will remain after the current 2021 sunset of the AML program. Visit the full report here.

One Pagers: Black Lung & Silica