Alpha agrees to curb mine conductivity pollution - The Charleston Gazette

  • Judge agrees that conductivity pollution hurts streams

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates has been pursuing a number of legal cases designed to show that mining operations that cause high levels of conductivity downstream are violating water quality standards — and their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. That legal theory won important validation in a ruling last summer by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers. Read more.

  • EPA needs to take over pollution programs

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices and a number of state and regional environmental groups have joined together to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to acknowledge the failure of several Appalachian states to administer and enforce the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program. Read more.

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Protecting the natural resources of Central Appalachia

Formerly the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment, Appalachian Mountain Advocates is a nonprofit environmental law and policy organization founded in 2001. We believe there is no more environmentally destructive practice than mountaintop removal mining occurring anywhere in the United States, and we will not rest until we have stopped it.

We have had unprecedented success in enforcing the Clean Water Act and other environmental statutes against coal mining operators. Our litigation has raised the costs of mountaintop removal mining, making less destructive forms of energy production more competitive. The legal theories that we have developed and implemented have fundamentally changed coal mining and environmental regulation in the region. Our work has been the catalyst for much of the grassroots opposition to mountaintop removal mining.