This episode looks at the future for coal miners, former mine lands and the efforts to rebuild coalfield communities. UMWA President Cecil Roberts speaks about the future he believes his members deserve. At the Reclaim Act Town Hall, Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright describes the importance of two bills he has introduced that are crucial to the cleanup of abandoned mine lands and economic transition across the country. Mary Cromer, Deputy Director of Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, details the dangers unreclaimed mine lands pose. And Tom Martin from WEKU’s Eastern Standard interviews Clifford Smith and Chris Barton on current efforts in Kentucky to make former mine lands productive.
June 20, 2021