Mike Becher

  • Sponsored by Friends and Family of Philip M. Stern
  • Service location Lewisburg, West Virginia
  • Law school University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Issue area Environmental Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2010
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

My project addresses elements of surface coal production that perpetuate poverty in the coalfields of Appalachia. The effects on human health and safety make life difficult and dissuade alternative forms of development. Residents commonly endure fouled drinking water, property damage from blasting and a threat of coal dam failure. Threatening economic viability are reclamation rules, which allow mining operations to leave the land scarred and incapable of supporting future industry.

The Inspiration

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