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  • More Studies Show That Mountaintop Removal is Dangerous

    News sources have been abuzz with the findings of a new study that shows that dust from mountaintop removal promotes the growth of lung tumors. Of course, communities have long known about the increased cancer they are facing, but this study was the first to prove the link through lab experiments on human lung cells. This […]

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  • Citizen Groups Catch Coal Company In Thousands of Violations

    Check out the Appalachian Voices Front Porch Blog as well as the New York Times for big news today: Four years ago, groups, including Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Appalachian Voices and the Waterkeeper Alliance, represented by the Appalachian Citizen’s Law Center took legal action against the Frasure Creek Mining in Kentucky for submitting false water […]

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  • What Comes Next? Communities Gather to Discuss Abandoned Mine Lands

    Cross-posted from TheAllianceforAppalachia.org At the end of October, The Alliance for Appalachia Economic Transition Committee, in conjunction with the group’s AppFellowKendall Bilbrey and Eric Dixon, AppFellow with the Appalachian Citizens Law Center, hosted a summit for folks across Central Appalachia to discuss and learn about the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Fund and other potential strategies […]

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  • Water Quality Reports Faked; Appalachian Health Put At Risk

    In a report that we wish was shocking, a lab in West Virginia was recently convicted of faking water quality reports. Ken Ward with the Charleston Gazette reported, “Appalachian [Laboratory] employees “falsified and rendered inaccurate” water samples by diluting them with distilled water or replacing them with water they knew to be in compliance with […]

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  • Victory for Blair Mountain

    Last month, a federal appeals court gave Friends of Blair Mountain, The Sierra Club and other groups standing to seek added historical protections for this important historical landmark.  This memorial page gives a useful overview of the remarkable history of this mountain. Once the site of the 1921 battle between miners and coal companies, it has been a […]

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