Coal fired power station with cooling towers releasing steam into atmosphere

Coal employment,particularly in places such as Central Appalachia, has declined significantly as major coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources Inc.Patriot Coal Corp.Arch Coal Inc. and Walter Energy Inc.,  have turned to bankruptcy.

The Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More, or RECLAIM Act, distributes $200 million to participating states annually for five years from the Abandoned Mine Lands fund for economic development on a fast-track status. Many advocacy groups in Kentucky are working on support for this Act.