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For years, it was impossible to track the spread of mountaintop removal coal mining in Central Appalachia over the course of time. But now, 30 years of satellite imagery and other data show how the destructive practice is encroaching on our people. Explore the maps and learn more about the Communities at Risk from mountaintop removal. [ Check out the tool. ]

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The Human Cost of Coal

<>Our interactive health mapping feature shows how residents living near mountaintop removal coal mining suffer higher cancer rates and have shorter life spans than other citizens.

The Faces of iLoveMountains

You've heard from Ann League in Tennessee about a great victory for our mountains. And Kentucky's Stanley Sturgill invited you to take action to protect Appalachian's water. These new voices are a part of our continued efforts here at to bring you stories and critical actions directly from Appalachian leaders themselves. Meet the voices of

Protect Appalachia's Water from Mountaintop Removal

Half-measures are unacceptable when the health of entire communities are on the line. Tell the EPA to issue legally binding standards for conductivity under the Clean Water Act.

Appalachian Voices  •  Coal River Mountain Watch  •   Heartwood  •  Keeper of the MountainsKentuckians for the Commonwealth 

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition  •   Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowermentSierra Club Environmental Justice

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards  •   SouthWings  •  Stay Project  •   West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

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