Who We Are: The Mountaintop Removal (MTR) Working Group addresses the various issues surrounding mountaintop removal coal mining, particularly in Appalachia. The group coordinates action with local groups, based on their experience “on the ground.” Serious water pollution problems from coal runoff and chemicals used in the washing process, along with small particulate air emissions, are having very disturbing effects on the health of the communities living near the many MTR sites in the region. Local groups have asked us to garner Congressional support from our representatives for the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (ACHE Act), introduced in the House by John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY).
What We Do: We are supporting the RECLAIM Act and re-authorization of the Abandoned Mine Lands Act to help clean up inadequately restored mine sites and to help fund economic diversification in traditionally coal producing communities. For more information on the activities of this group, contact Cojourner Carol Warren.