Support a Just Transition for Coal Communities

 

The RECLAIM Act would help communities struggling with the decline of the coal industry to make a just transition by disbursing $1 billion over five years from the federal Abandoned Mine Lands fund.

It could bring $100 million to Kentucky to repair our land and water in places that are struggling with the decline of the coal industry. The bill was created to fund the reclamation of old strip mine sites in ways that would create economic and community development.

The RECLAIM Act must pass with strong provisions for economic development and community participation.

After hearing from a grassroots, community-led movement, the RECLAIM Act was introduced in Congress by Congressman Hal Rogers and Senator Mitch McConnell. Rogers has been a champion of the bill and introduced it in the previous Congress. The bill that was introduced this year was incomplete as it did not require economic development or community participation related to the reclamation of the abandoned sites.

However, it passed the House Natural Resources committee with an ammendment that fixed this oversight. The bill that McConnell introduced in the Senate still needs this fix, and he needs to hear from Kentuckians that economic develop and community participation must be an important piece of the legislation in order to build a bright future for coal mining regions. 

All Kentucky’s congressional delegation need to hear from their constituents that they must work hard to pass this bill, and with strong provisions for economic development and community participation. Sign the petition to the right of this page and join the chorus of voices calling for a strong RECLAIM Act. Then, share it with your friends. And, finally, call your Representative and your Senators and share with them your support of the RECLAIM Act.