Coal and Water News

Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Before

May 16, 2017
Smithsonian Magazine

More than 76,000 miners have died from black lung disease since 1968, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. And now there's a resurgence of this deadly disease that should have been wiped out decades ago.

Stanley Sturgill talks of MTR mining consequences and moving to a Just Transition

June 16, 2017 at 02:06pm

Harlan County member Stanley Sturgill helped a ranking member of the U.S.

KFTC members speak out at hearing on mountaintop removal

June 14, 2017 at 01:19pm

On June 10, several members of KFTC went to Virginia for a congressional committee hearing on mountaintop removal in Virginia. This was a public forum with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), the ranking Democratic member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Grijalva was interested in hearing about the current and legacy impacts of mountaintop removal, including health impacts, and recent decisions by the Trump administration and Congress to take away stream protections and weaken environmental safeguards.

Trump, Congress must stand by coal communities

April 18, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

Coal-mining communities are the backbone of this country. For decades we’ve kept the lights on in America by sacrificing our personal well-being. We need Congress to act to protect the health and pension benefits under threat to expire at the end of this month.

Benham solar represents a much deeper transition plan

April 7, 2017 at 07:30am

The mountain community of Benham, Kentucky received a healthy dose of national attention recently when the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum announced it has installed solar panels to save thousands of dollars annually on its power bill.

Kentuckians organize for climate justice

April 6, 2017 at 10:36pm

This is a critical time in the movement to create jobs, protect our health and climate, and advance a just transition for affected workers and communities.

Trump’s climate denials take away opportunities for jobs and better health in Kentucky

March 28, 2017 at 03:09pm

The opportunity Kentuckians have to transition to a clean energy economy is being thwarted by President Trump’s abandonment of U.S. climate commitments to stop harmful pollution, Kentuckians across the state are pointing out.

“I’m stunned that any administration would disrupt 50 years of bipartisan efforts to improve the air we breathe and the water we drink,” said Steve Wilkins of Berea, a member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. “How easy it is to forget days when people died from chemical hazes and when rivers burst into flames because our companies used our air and water as their dumping grounds.”

The Obama Idea to Save Coal Country

March 10, 2017
Politico

As part of the 2016 budget, the Obama White House created something called the POWER Plus plan specifically to help Appalachian communities that were getting left behind because of the rapidly changing energy market.

Struggle over retired coal miners’ health care comes back to Capitol Hill

March 2, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

A dispute over fixing the health care fund of thousands of retired coal miners almost shut down the federal government in December. The solution was only temporary, and the issue is about to command Congress’ attention again.

As State Loosens Oversight, Coal Ash Contaminates Central Kentucky Waterway

February 28, 2017
WFPL-FM

As Kentucky regulators and utilities are pushing to loosen regulations on the state’s coal ash ponds and landfills, more pollution problems are emerging at one of the sites in central Kentucky.

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