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U.S. makes largest-ever investment in abandoned mine cleanup

CONTACT: Matt Hepler, Appalachian Voices Central Appalachian Environmental Scientist, (540) 871-1564, matt@appvoices.org Molly Moore, Appalachian Voices Communications, (847) 401-3633, molly@appvoices.org The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act President Biden is expected to sign into law today includes the nation’s largest-ever investment

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Historic investments in Abandoned Mine Land Program a win for coal-impacted communities

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Congress has passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes the reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Land Program and the largest-ever investment in abandoned coal mine cleanup! Now they must pass the Build Back Better Act to invest in workers, families and clean energy.

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Restoring waters damaged by acid mine drainage: A conversation with Amanda Pitzer

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Amanda Pitzer with Friends of the Cheat discusses the specific impacts of acid mine drainage on the Cheat River, analyzes abandoned mine lands funding pending before Congress and charts a path for future success in collaboration with state and federal decision-makers.

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Report finds potential to create hundreds of reclamation jobs on Justice-family coal mines

CONTACT: Willie Dodson, Central Appalachian Field Coordinator willie@appvoices.org 276-870-5843 A new report by Appalachian Voices estimates that there is enough outstanding reclamation liability on coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and/or his adult children to employ 220

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Confronting acid mine drainage: A conversation with Rural Action’s Marissa Lautzenheiser

In this conversation, Marissa Lautzenheiser of Rural Action lays out the basics of the acid mine drainage challenge, discusses the unique funding needs for AMD clean-up, and talks about some of the innovative work Rural Action is doing to tackle this problem.

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Tell White House officials that coal mine cleanup must be a priority

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Insufficient bonding systems and decades of poor enforcement of mine reclamation law have led to a severe backlog in abandoned mines — and a new wave of coal bankruptcies is exacerbating the problem.

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Blackjewel mine creates emergency road hazard in Russell County, VA

debris from former mine access road

Heavy rains caused debris from an inactive coal mine to block portions of VA State Route 632 in late August — an event that might become all too common with climate change-fueled rainfall likely to intensify.

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Creating a Future for Coal-Industry Workers in Clean-Energy Economy

Experts say that coal workers will need wage replacement and retraining to successfully transition to a clean energy economy.

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The Significance of the Battle of Blair Mountain, 100 Years Later

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Labor and regional advocates commemorate a pivotal milestone in coal union history.

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Miners with black lung call on Congress to protect benefits

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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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