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Blair Mountain Returns to National Register of Historic Places

The site of West Virginia’s Blair Mountain labor conflict between coal miners and law enforcement was placed back on the National Register of Historic Places after a federal judge ruled its delisting to be unlawful.

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Black Lung Disease Surges as Support for Miners Dwindles

A recent study shows that black lung disease in Appalachian coal miners is at a 25-year high — but federal taxes on coal companies that help compensate affected miners are set to expire next year.

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The Cost of Trump’s Coal & Nuclear Bailout

A study found that the Trump Administration’s draft proposal to subsidize floundering coal and nuclear plants for two years could cost between $9.7 billion and $17.2 billion per year.

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Cost of Coal Mine Cleanup

Despite problems with the current system, coal companies are being granted more leeway in paying for mine reclamation.

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Citizens boycott N.C. coal ash meeting

Greensboro, N.C. — Members of a statewide coalition who have been advocating for years for proper cleanup and disposal of massive coal ash ponds around the state today announced they are boycotting a public meeting in Greensboro scheduled for tonight

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Tennessee legislature weakens coal mining oversight

A former surface mining site in Tennessee. Photo taken October 2012, flight courtesy Southwings

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers.

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Alpha Natural Resources wants to use Coal River Mountain as a tire dump

The case of Republic Energy makes it clear that the deck is still stacked in favor of the coal industry. But that has never dissuaded Coal River Mountain Watch from challenging the industry and the agencies that enable it.

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Groups urge Tenn. governor to veto coal mining bill

Nashville, Tenn. – Today, 20 environmental and community organizations delivered a letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam urging him to veto legislation approved by the state House that would significantly weaken protections relating to coal mining in Tennessee. The legislation

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Coal River Mountain is not a dump

Proposed revisions to the Collins Fork Permit do not meet any reclamation standards set forth to restore ecosystems, forests or garner resources for the community.

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Tennessee Bill Would Change Mining Oversight

A bill that would change Tennessee’s status as the only active coal mining state that does not have state control of coal mine permitting and oversight has passed the state house and senate.

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