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
- WV PUBLIC BROADCASTING: West Virginia Morning Covers Black LungOverexposure to silica dust is driving a resurgence of severe black lung disease. More than a decade ago, ACLC petitioned MSHA to establish a dust standard for respirable crystalline silica. Although MSHA granted our petition and promised a new rule, it never materialized. Meanwhile, countless miners have become sick and died from severe black lung disease. […]
- LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER: Kentucky Needs $1 Billion to Clean Up Old Coal Mines, Report FindsACLC’s director of policy and organizing, Rebecca Shelton, was interviewed for this article. “We are really worried that this bankruptcy is a harbinger of what’s to come if no action is taken to ensure that bonding is sufficient to cover reclamation cost in all currently permitted mine sites,” Shelton said. Read the full article here.
- LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER: With Failing Infrastructure and $1M in Debt, Martin County Water District Raises Rates“Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center attorney Mary Cromer, who represented the concerned citizens’ group, told the PSC, ‘It is completely impractical to presume that the district’s 3,500 or so customers could ever foot the bill for the $40 million in immediate [infrastructure] needs that the district asserts are necessary to stabilize the system.’” Read the full article […]
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.