Today, the Biden Administration’s Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities released its first report.
Several of the groups and advocates who crafted the National Economic Transition platform released statements in response to the news:
Wes Addington, Executive Director, Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center
“We’re really glad to see the administration prioritizing our communities, but a huge part of our work in the coalfields – ensuring access to and continued funding for black lung benefits – continues to be left out of the conversation. President Biden included this issue in his campaign platform and we hope that he doesn’t forget about the miners that sacrificed their lungs and lives to power the nation.”
Tom Cormons, Executive Director, Appalachian Voices
“Communities in Appalachia and other coal regions who powered our country for more than a century have been working for years to restore their environments and revitalize their economies, pressing the federal government to step up with engagement and investment matching the scale of the challenges. The report released today by the Biden administration is a welcome and critically important response, pointing to a way forward that underscores the importance of investment and prioritizes ongoing communication and collaboration. We look forward to advancing this work with the White House, key agencies and others quickly and with community involvement at every step.”