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!