The 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act requires coal companies to clean up and reclaim mined land. When they cannot or do not, the states are supposed to have bonding systems in place to pay for the reclamation. When those systems are inadequate, the federal government is supposed to step in with its own system.
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Over the years, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition?has been one of our most consistent clients in the cases we have brought against mountaintop removal mines. With members across Central Appalachia, OVEC knows many people who have been directly hurt by mountaintop removal mining.
“OVEC organizes communities, which helps us understand the problems of those communities,” said Appalmad Executive Director » Continue Reading.Continue reading
Attorneys for Appalachian Mountain Advocates have been fighting the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history since 1998. With last week’s decision by?U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of the permit for the Spruce No. 1 mine, that fight will continue.
The judge ruled that the EPA had overstepped » Continue Reading.Continue reading
Because Virginia has refused to adequately notify the public of pending mining permits, Appalachian Mountain Advocates joined the Sierra Club and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force the state to fix the issue or strip it of its ability to run its own Clean Water Act program.
On Aug. 31, Appalmad requested » Continue Reading.Continue reading
The West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy has backed up its long-time call for an increased severance tax to pay a long-term economic development and diversification fund with a detailed report released last month.
The study found that a one percent increase in the severance has on coal and natural gas would enable a Economic Diversification Trust Fund » Continue Reading.Continue reading
This is the first in an occasional series of articles and videos highlighting the people and culture of Appalachia.
Before he went to law school, Appalachian Mountain Advocates attorney Isak Howell was a reporter at The Roanoke Times. While there, he got together with two other reporters ? Mike Gangloff and Ralph Berrier Jr. ? to form the Black » Continue Reading.Continue reading
We want?to help Appalachian residents tell their own stories, to help show the rest of the nation what is happening here and what is being lost in this national energy sacrifice zone.
As part of that effort, we’d like to hear from you. Use the comments section below to tell your story of life in Appalachia. Tell us about where » Continue Reading.Continue reading
?If the Commonwealth of Virginia rescinds the existing moratorium on uranium mining, there are steep hurdles to be surmounted before mining and/or processing could be established within a regulatory environment that is appropriately protective of the health and safety of workers, the public, and the environment.?
? ?Report by the National Academies of Science on uranium mining in VirginiaContinue reading
There is probably no better example of the strategy that drives our work here at Appalachian Mountain Advocates than the settlement reached with Patriot Coal to clean up selenium pollution at three major mining complexes in West Virginia.
If approved by the federal government, the settlement would require Patriot to clean up pollution at dozens of discharges at three mining » Continue Reading.Continue reading
Appalachian Mountain Advocates has reached another settlement in a case involving selenium pollution from a mountaintop removal mine that will ensure the enormous cost of treating polluted run-off won’t fall on taxpayers. We brought this case on behalf of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Coal River Mountain Watch and the Sierra Club.
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