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Water in KentuckyNatural History, Communities, and Conservation$
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Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168685

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168685.001.0001

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The Martin County Coal-Waste Spill and Beyond

The Martin County Coal-Waste Spill and Beyond

Reflections and Suggestions

(p.73) Chapter Eight The Martin County Coal-Waste Spill and Beyond
Water in Kentucky

Shaunna L. Scott

Stephanie M. McSpirit

University Press of Kentucky

In the aftermath of the October 2000 Martin County coal waste spill, which leaked over 300 million gallons of coal waste into two creeks, local residents expressed concerns related to water contamination. This chapter outlines the series of actions taken by government agencies and the local water district, many of which eroded confidence in the safety of public water supplies and decreased trust in government. Based on over ten years of research and engagement on the issues raised by this disaster, we reflect upon the lessons learned by this disaster and subsequent government, media and citizen action in response to it. We conclude that high levels of civic engagement and local newspapers are key factors to promote democracy, justice, and resilience at the community level.

Keywords:   Disaster, coal, environment, water quality, civic engagement, community-based planning, community resilience, local newspaper / media

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