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
- Why Miners Need the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act More Than EverThe Inflation Reduction Act secured a permanent extension of funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund – a resource that tens of thousands of miners who worked for bankrupt, dissolved, or disappeared companies can utilize to get health insurance coverage and a small living stipend. Tens of thousands more rely on black lung benefits […]
- WEKU: U.S. Interior Secretary comes to Kentucky to announce abandoned mines cleanup fundingLast week, our Director of Policy, Rebecca Shelton, spoke at a press conference alongside Secretary Haaland, labor leaders, and state Secretary Goodman to announce $74 million in funding for abandoned mine land remediation in Kentucky. This was quite a meaningful moment for ACLC after more than seven years of advocating for this program. Read the […]
- VIRGINIA MERCURY: Youngkin to Propose Funding for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors“Project development processes that leave out community voices is the wrong way to build support for a proposal,” said Rebecca Shelton, director of policy and organizing for the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center. “Time and again the way residents learn about a new project is through a press announcement.” Read the article here.
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.