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Miners with black lung call on Congress to protect benefits

five miners wearing shirts that say Black Lung Kills gather around a notepad

In an August webinar, advocates and representatives of the Black Lung Association discussed the critical importance for the passage of a permanent 25% increase to the Black Lung Excise Tax on coal companies.

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Striking Alabama Miners Are Done Playing Nice

UMWA Strike

Hundreds of UMWA miners remain on the picket line at the Warrior Met Coal mine.

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Senate passes victory for abandoned mine lands – On to the House for improvements

abandoned mine portal

The Senate just passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes the LARGEST-EVER investment in abandoned mine land clean-up. Now we need the House to pass this bill with a few small changes that will make a big difference for local communities.

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TVA Considers Replacing Coal with Another Fossil Fuel

Kingston Fossil Plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority is deciding whether to replace its coal-fired power plants with gas or with renewable resources. Advocates are calling on the Senate to confirm four new TVA board nominees.

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A new wave of abandoned coal mines?

As coal collapses, the industry is leaving behind thousands of acres of mined lands in various states of environmental destruction. A new report seeks to understand the scope of the problem and outline potential solutions.

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New Tennessee law is a giveaway for coal companies

A new Tennessee law that changes the way surface mining is regulated in the state will force Tennessee taxpayers to prop up the industry and make it easier for coal operators to walk away from mine reclamation.

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The greenwashing of the Mountain Valley Pipeline

The developers of the climate-catastrophe that is the Mountain Valley Pipeline proudly announced a deal to offset the project’s carbon emissions. Don’t be fooled.

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A bond forfeiture, unpaid fines, and a no-show: one month in the life of a Jim Justice family coal mine

Jim Justice

As a Virginia mine continues to rack up environmental and safety problems, state regulators are proceeding with their strongest enforcement option — bond forfeiture. Based on the track record of related Justice family companies, the situation is not likely to improve.

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New report finds significant cleanup needed at coal mines in the East

Contact: Erin Savage – Senior Program Manager at Appalachian Voices, erin@appvoices.org, 206-769-8286 A new report estimates that 633,000 acres on mines still held by coal companies in the East require some degree of reclamation, at an estimated total cost of

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Enforcement of mine cleanup rules is needed to protect communities, create jobs

During a recent House Natural Resources hearing on the issue of sluggish, inadequate, or totally non-existent reclamation on currently permitted coal mines, community advocates called for federal regulators to firmly enforce existing regulations and act in the public interest.

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