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E.g., 07/2020
E.g., 07/2020

What Is A Pre-Blast Survey

Before a coal company can begin blasting, it must do a pre-blast survey of all homes within a half-mile. This document explains what a pre-blast survey is, and what to do to improve the effectiveness of the survey.

Ways to Help Enforce Mining Laws

Here's a list of things you can do to try to get the state and federal mining laws enforced. Under SMCRA, citizens have a voice in enforcing these laws. This handout helps you know your rights and options.

Sample Citizen's Complaint Letter


Use this fill-in-the-blanks complaint form if you’re having problems with a coal mine.

Pollution on the Rise

U.S. PIRG Education Fund

This report examines U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data on power plant emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from 1995 to 2003 and finds that emissions are on the rise at many plants.

Slow Motion Spills: Coal Combustion Waste & Water in Kentucky

Sierra Club, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, and Global Environmental LLC

Every day in Kentucky, coal combustion waste ponds and landfills leak into our groundwater and rivers, seeping out a slow-motion flood of contamination. As this report shows, every site in Kentucky for which groundwater data was available appears to be leaking. Kentucky is failing to control coal combustion waste contamination.

Stream Saver Flyer

Information on the impact of our Stream Saver Bill.

Health-Related Quality of Life Among Central Appalachian Residents in Mountaintop Mining Counties

American Journal of Public Health

This study examined the health-related quality of life of residents in mountaintop mining counties of Appalachia using the 2006 national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The researchers compared dependent variables across 3 categories: mountaintop mining (yes or no), other coal mining (yes or no), and a referent nonmining group.