We fight for
- Justice in the coalfields
- Miners’ Health & Safety
- environmental justice
- a better future
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
Working with grassroots groups and individuals to protect the land and people from misuse and degradation caused by extractive industries
Analyzing and advocating for policy that addresses the legacy costs of the coal industry and invests in the future of the region
Photo copyright Earl Dotter
News & Articles
- E&E NEWS: Can Mining Agency Keep Biden’s Promise to Coal Country?Deputy Director Mary Cromer was interviewed for this piece. “Mary Cromer, deputy director of the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, said the federal coal mining law didn’tforesee some of the problems arising during coal’s downward spiral. ‘SMCRA was just not designed for the end of the industry,’ Cromer said. She and Morgan worry Blackjewel’s bankruptcy could […]
- THE WEATHER CHANNEL: Martin County Water Crisis: 2021 UpdateThe Weather Channel interviewed Nina McCoy of the Martin County Concerned Citizens and ACLC’s Mary Cromer for this piece, which focuses on recent updates from Martin County’s water infrastructure crisis.
- Black Lung Bulletin: May 2021In 2020, we helped Black Lung Associations revive a 1970s publication, the Black Lung Bulletin. This is the third edition.
ACLC works with coal miners, their families and residents of the coalfields who are seeking justice. We provide legal services free of charge.
Black lung victims and widows
Landowners trying to prevent mining
And many more.