• Massive Mountaintop Removal Mine Threatens Clearfork Valley

    RSVP to attend a public hearing on September 20 to voice your opposition to this mine. The devastating practice of destroying entire mountains and disposing of mining-waste into headwater streams is still happening across the Appalachian region. For folks living beneath these mines, the assertion that mountaintop removal is over can feel like a slap […]

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  • Share your concerns about mountaintop removal health impacts

    The National Academy of Sciences is undertaking a review of existing research on links between mountaintop removal coal mining and health risks. The review is funded by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in response to a request from the state of West Virginia. As part of the review, the NAS is […]

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  • The RECLAIM Act is under attack from corporate coal interests

    The RECLAIM Act is going to a vote before the House Natural Resources Committee TOMORROW. Despite having shown no interest in the legislation over past the past two years, corporate coal interests have launched an all-out assault to kill the bill in the past few days. We can’t let corporate interests steal this opportunity from folks […]

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  • Protect Pennsylvania Streams from this Bad Bill!

    Coal mining giant Consol has been illegally destroying streams in Southwestern Pennsylvania with its longwall mining practices for years, and the Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) been fighting them in court every step of the way. Now, on the eve of a major court decision on CCJ’s appeal of its mining permits, the company is […]

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  • Losing the Stream Protection Rule

    The Stream Protection Rule was developed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) over the course of seven years during the Obama administration. The rulemaking was an effort to better protect public waterways from mountaintop removal and other destructive coal mining practices. The rule would have updated the 1983 Stream Buffer Zone […]

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  • Help us stop a 2,000-acre mountaintop removal mine before it starts

    We have a chance to defeat a 2,000-acre mountaintop removal permit owned by Alpha Natural Resources. The permit was first issued in 2008 but no mining activity has occurred. Federal law states that a permit “shall terminate” if mining has not begun within three years of the permit being issued. Urge the West Virginia Department […]

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  • Can Appalachian communities count on you?

    Over the past year, we’ve been busy protecting our land and water from the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining and building a new economic future for our region. While the coal industry’s downturn has slowed mining in Appalachia and allowed space for new conversations about our region’s future, mountaintop removal is not finished. We […]

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  • Protect this rare aquatic salamander

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the Black Warrior waterdog — a rare aquatic salamander found only in the Black Warrior River basin in Alabama — as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency has also proposed designating nearly 670 miles of river as critical habitat for the […]

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  • Submit your comments on NWP 21 now

    The Army Corps of Engineers is issuing a renewal of existing nationwide permits, which are general permits that allow the placement of fill material in public waterways under the Clean Water Act. Nationwide permit 21 covers coal mining activities in public waterways. In 2012, the Corps greatly improved NWP 21 by disallowing its use for […]

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  • One day left: Force coal companies to clean up their mess

    The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is finally taking steps to limit self bonding — and we need you to speak up today to make sure the regulations are as strong as possible. Bonding is the process by which coal companies provide financial assurance that they will reclaim the land they have […]

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