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

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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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West Virginia statehouse resolution shows growing bipartisan support for increased funding for mine reclamation

West Virginia legislature interim committee passes resolution encouraging federal legislators to increase investments in mine land reclamation CONTACT: Dana Kuhnline, RECLAIM Coalition Coordinator, dana@appvoices.org, 304-825-3262 Erin Savage, Senior Program Manager at Appalachian Voices, erin@appvoices.org, 206-769-8286 Charleston, WV — The West

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Collapse of the coal industry: Problems and recommendations

Coal mine regulations have not kept up with the industry’s collapse, leaving regulators without the money – or the legal tools – to address growing problems of scarred landscapes and polluted waters.

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Coal communities and mine cleanup at the center of federal and grassroots efforts

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With bills on the Hill, proposals from the White House, new reports issued and forthcoming from grassroots advocates, and new projects underway, there is a lot happening when it comes to coal communities and mine cleanup!

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The need for full AML reauthorization and more

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Guest blogger Rebecca Shelton explains why politicians need to be focusing on investing more in coal communities, not less. Congress needs to pass Rep. Cartwright’s abandoned mine lands bills. Rep. Cheney’s bill, which would shortchange coal communities by slicing the fee, is unacceptable.

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Upcoming Webinar: Environmental Justice on Western Indigenous Land

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The Alliance for Appalachia is hosting a webinar on April 13 to bring solidarity and support to Hopi and Diné people who are facing similar mine reclamation issues in the West.

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