Undermined Promise II: Coal Industry’s Financial Woes Threaten to Shift Billions in Cleanup Costs to U.S. Taxpayers

With the entire coal industry on shaky financial ground--facing bankruptcies, mine closures, and layoffs--a new threat from coal mining has emerged: self-insured coal companies could walk away from nearly $2 billion in reclamation costs, passing the burden of restoring Western lands scarred by mining to U.S. taxpayers.