Wyoming Unprepared to Grab Federal Coal Community Lifeline, Experts Say
As federal leaders increase funding for coal communities, many of Wyoming’s eligible areas lack the resources and expertise needed to access it.
Appalachian Regional Commission Announces Nearly $50 Million to Support Coal Communities
In the program’s largest funding announcement to date, the agency funded 57 projects in Appalachian coal communities through the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative.
Shouldering Coal’s Costs: Uncertain Future for Programs Addressing Coal Industry Health Impacts
Despite an epidemic of black lung disease and thousands of abandoned mine lands, funding for federal programs that help address these problems is at risk.
New Polling by the Nature Conservancy, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Shows West Virginians Open to Clean Energy Transition
Among other results, the poll found that “90% of statewide respondents and 95% of coal country respondents could identify the benefits of shifting focus from the traditional energy industry in West Virginia towards clean energy production.”
Where Will Wyoming's Displaced Fossil Fuel Workers Go?
As the state’s fossil fuel industries decline, leaders across Wyoming are exploring creative solutions to help prepare workers for new careers.
Biden Administration Allocates $300 Million to Coal Communities
The Coal Communities Commitment funding will go toward two programs at the Economic Development Administration.
Coalfield Development Nears Completion of Historic Solar Project
The 122 KW project, located at a Coalfield facility in Huntington, will be the largest solar project completed by a nonprofit organization in West Virginia.
Opinion: Repairing the Damage in Appalachia
“President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would create thousands of jobs cleaning up this mess in economically ravaged communities. But in order to ensure these are good-paying, union jobs, we have to require stronger labor provisions for reclamation projects and establish a mine reclamation jobs program within a new Civilian Climate Corps.”
Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center Calls for Federal Black Lung Protections
The Kentucky-based nonprofit law firm submitted a petition requesting a new rule that would reduce silica dust—a major cause of black lung disease —in coal mines.