Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

The Martin County Project, a report on the October 2000 coal waste spill in Martin County, Kentucky

List of Slurry Spills

Coal Country

Brushy Fork Slurry Impoundment Photo Gallery

Sludge Revisited

Tougher mining-pollution fines urged; Senator says company didn't pay enough for Martin coal-slurry spill

Waterways recovering from slurry spill; Restocking of fish continues in E. Ky.

Fishermen back at Tug Fork 4 years after coal sludge spill

United Mine Workers of America's brochure
on Brushy Fork Coal Waste Impoundment

OVEC and other citizen groups are currently involved with a coal sludge impoundment study. Please see http://www.coalimpoundment.org/

Coal Impoundment Project 2003-2004 Report (pdf)

The Martin County Project Team of Eastern Kentucky University's "Final Response " to the Petitioned Health Consultation on the Martin County (Kentucky) Coal Sludge Disaster authored by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

ATSDR published their consultation concerning the potential impact to the health and environment of Martin County, KY after the 2000 coal slurry spill. ATSDR made no recommendations for action and said there was "no apparent health hazard." After studying the consultation, EKU's Dr. Stephanie McSpirit and Dr. Melissa Dieckmann, along with the project team of students, presented their concerns of ATSDR's report at a July 17, 2003 forum in Inez, KY. This final response is the culmination of those concerns. Recommendations to ATSDR are also included in the response.

See the Slurry Impoundment Articles section for other news and articles.

Below is a link to OSM reports on the Martin County sludge disaster.  Also see our Mountaintop Removal Gallery for other links about the Martin County disaster.

Reports on the October 2000 Breakthrough at the Big Branch Slurry Impoundment


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