Coal River Mountain Watch (Naoma, WV)


  • Name:Vernon Haltom
  • Title:Executive director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Coal River Mountain Watch
  • Address:P.O. Box 303
    7503 Coal River Rd
    Naoma, WV 25140
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:304-854-2182
  • Main fax:304-854-9101

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  • Mission:
  • Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) has a mission to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal mining (MTR), to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities.

  • Overview:
  • Over a quarter-million people’s water was recently poisoned here in West Virginia when 10,000 gallons of a coal-cleaning chemical leaked into the Elk River. The crisis was given brief coverage in the national news, but attention subsided quickly when our state prematurely declared the water usable.
    Coal River Mountain Watch, our non-profit community group in Naoma, WV, works to prevent this type of disaster, the less-publicized contamination of more people’s water, and the systemic mindset that jeopardizes our communities’ health. Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) has a mission to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal mining (MTR), to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities. Our programs include the Citizens’ Enforcement Program to compel effective regulatory enforcement; the Tadpole Project to clean up and monitor our river; the Road Show to generate awareness and recruit volunteers; and the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) campaign for a moratorium on new permits unless a definitive federal study determines that MTR does not harm our health.
    This crisis did not just happen as a failure of one tank. Years of regulatory failure to protect water sources from coal waste spills, mountaintop removal mining, and other industry hazards led to a sixth of the state's population relying on one inlet. Following on the heels of this disaster, Patriot Coal Company released over 108,000 gallons of toxic coal waste sludge, killing six miles of Fields Creek on Feb. 11. Then, in March, Alpha Natural Resources spilled foaming effluent from a treatment pond into a tributary of the Coal River.
    Residents in our area face not only health impacts from contaminated water but also the threat of hazardous dust from mountaintop removal blasting. A study recently published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology showed airborne ultrafine particulate matter, associated with human respiratory and cardiovascular health impacts, near mountaintop removal at levels elevated beyond that associated with increased hospital admissions. A 2011 study showed that our birth defect rate is 42% higher than non-mining communities, even after accounting for other indicators. Other studies show that communities near mountaintop removal suffer significantly increased rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, and mortality. Our state has the worst wellbeing in the US, according Gallup-Healthways polls, and our congressional district consistently ranks at or near the bottom.

  • History:
  • 1998—CRMW began as a group of volunteers protecting our communities from mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining’s impacts, including deadly floods and blasting damage.
    2003— CRMW’s Judy Bonds received the Goldman Environmental Prize.
    2004— When a boulder killed a child in Inman, VA, we met with others to conceive Mountain Justice, which has conducted training camps since 2005.
    2009—Provided safe water for the citizens of Prenter, WV, to replace deadly coal-waste-polluted well water.
    2010—Secured a safe new school for the students of Marsh Fork Elementary, opened in 2013.
    2010—Our volunteer Bo Webb received the Purpose Prize.
    2011—CRMW’s Junior Walk received the Brower Youth Award.
    2012—ACHE campaign formed and introduced the ACHE Act in 2012 and 2013.
    2013—Organized 18 groups (the Citizen Action for Real Enforcement—CARE—campaign) to file a legal petition for federal takeover of the WVDEP’s mining program.
    2014—Began water and meal deliveries the day after the WV chemical spill. Delivered 50,000 signatures supporting the CARE campaign.

  • Year established:1998
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:5


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:55-0765268

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:550765268
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% VERNON HALTOM
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 303
  • Organization City:NAOMA
  • Organization State:WV
  • Organization Zip:25140-0303
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 2000
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C012
  • Asset Amount:$85,406
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$221,667
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$221,667
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 7:10:04 pm

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