Policy & Research
what we do
Our policy research and analysis serves as a foundation for our advocacy.
We seek to understand and improve the policy that currently impacts those living and working in the coalfields and engage in research to support the development of policy proposals that will move the region towards a just economic transition. The combination of our research capacity with legal expertise allows us to look at legal pressure points that might allow for greater justice and opportunity for families and communities.
Reports & Analysis
POWER for Transition Report / 2022
Martin County Drinking Water Affordability Report / 2019
A New Horizon: Innovative Reclamation
for a Just Transition / 2019
Many Voices, Many Solutions: Innovative Mine
Reclamation in Central Appalachia / 2018
Abandoned Mine Land Program: A Policy Analysis for Central Appalachia and the Nation / 2015
POWER for Transition
ACLC’s Director of Policy and Organizing Rebecca Shelton co-released a report on the impact of the POWER initiative on coal communities. This report was released by Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, Resources for the Future, and Environmental Defense Fund.
Martin County Drinking Water Affordability Report
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.
A New Horizon: Innovative Reclamation for a Just Transition
This report highlights the successes of the AML Pilot Program in 2019 from previously submitted projects and showcases a brand new round of innovative project proposals. 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.
Many Voices, Many Solutions: Innovative Mine Reclamation in Central Appalachia
This report 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. It was compiled by the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition, including Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, Appalachian Voices, Coalfield Development Corporation, Rural Action, and Downstream Strategies.
Abandoned Mine Land Program: A Policy Analysis for Central Appalachia and the Nation
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.