ACLC’s Deputy Director Mary Cromer outlines the ways in which coal bankruptcy and the ability of coal companies to skirt environmental obligations has left Kentucky coal communities in a precarious position.
“The area needs federal investments aimed at creating the jobs needed to clean up these lands and waterways. Eastern Kentucky is transitioning away from coal. So far, that transition is chaotic and unjust. Federal investment in the jobs required to clean up mine sites, as well as the jobs needed to fix the region’s dilapidated infrastructure, are the region’s only hope for a just transition.”