The Alliance for Appalachia joined 290 groups in a letter urging President Biden and Congressional leaders to take action and accelerate renewable energy, address electric transmission challenges, and advance environmental justice.
Acid mine drainage is one of the most visible and costly impacts of coal mining, turning Appalachian waterways rust orange with dangerous pollution and threatening the health of people and wildlife. Remediation of this pollution requires long-term treatment facilities and […]
The Alliance for Appalachia supports the Environmental Justice For All Act (H.R. 2021) as legislation rooted in the moral principle that all people have the right to clean air, water, and soil. We need the safeguards included in this bill to ensure that these rights are a reality. We know that our region is not unique and that we are not alone in our pursuit of justice. Environmental racism and oppression plague communities across the country ...
Letter sent to Appalachian Senators The Alliance for Appalachia is composed of grassroots organizations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama, with a collective membership in the thousands. We promote a healthy, just Appalachia by supporting our member […]
We are so proud of all the hard work our members and other grassroots community organizers have put into advocating for clean water, cleaning up abandoned mine lands, and the health and safety of their communities. It’s very rewarding to see these efforts pay off with the passing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
As the coal industry declines, companies are delaying reclamation for long periods of time, putting mine cleanup at risk. The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), passed in 1977, requires coal companies to obtain bonds to help ensure proper […]
Across the nation, we are experiencing the impact of coal’s decline and while we work towards transitioning to a cleaner, healthier future for our communities we will also have to grapple with how to repair the immense damage left behind. […]
Update – Link to the recorded forum People living in Appalachia are visionary, innovative, creative, and passionate about building a future where everyone can survive and thrive. And yet, we’re suffering from the cumulative impacts of poverty, pollution, neglected infrastructure, […]
Over 100 organizations, including the Alliance for Appalachia and several of our members, have added our names to a sign-on letter urging House Leadership to prioritize several bills that would aid coal-impacted communities across America. These bills have stalled in Congress, despite bipartisan support and an urgent need for