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Tell Congress to support abandoned coal mine cleanups, AND sustainable jobs!


Fewer places have been more deeply affected by coal’s legacy than Appalachia. Vast areas of forests have been obliterated by destructive surface mining and mountaintop coal removal. Roughly 2000 miles of streams have been severely polluted with mining waste, endangering the health of local families.

A brighter future for coal communities means ensuring community led job growth goes hand-in-hand with cleaning up coal pollution. “What’s needed in Appalachia are opportunities that extend beyond coal mining, and more community-oriented industries that produce good, family-sustaining wages, union memberships, and good benefits,” says Kentucky clean water advocate Teri Blanton.

Tell Congress that people in coal mining communities need long-term solutions - and that the RECLAIM Act should ensure community led job growth goes hand-in-hand with cleaning up coal pollution!

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Support a RECLAIM act that guarantees long-term economic opportunities!
Coal mining communities need long-term solutions, and that means federal policy that ensures that RECLAIM Act Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funds help empower communities to pursue a local economic future that they think is best. Before and since the introduction of the RECLAIM Act of 2016, there has been strong bipartisan support for a proposal to accelerate the disbursement of the AML fund while also strategically tying mine reclamation with long-term economic opportunities using community input as a guide. It is a bold idea at a time of urgent need, and it’s supported by 90 percent of voters in major coal-mining states. As expert witness Fritz Boettner explained during the bill hearing on April 5, 2017, “In its current form, the bill promotes the first goal of restoring abandoned mines, however, H.R. 1731 as written does not sufficiently promote the second stated goal of the RECLAIM Act: spurring economic diversification on reclaimed sites. This is because current language does not incentivize tying mine reclamation with creating long-term economic projects on 'Priority 1 and 2' AML sites.” Please urge Congress to uphold the wishes of coal communities by reinserting language in the RECLAIM Act that encourages local self-determination and ensures all RECLAIM projects include a strong economic development component. The only way to prevent further damage to our land, water and local economies is to incentivize local, common-sense investment in long-term economic alternatives.