Appalachian Community Health Emergency (Naoma, WV)


  • Name:Bo Webb
  • Title:ACHE Campaign Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Appalachian Community Health Emergency
  • Address:POB 274
    Naoma, WV 25140
    United States

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  • Main phone:304-237-0065

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  • Mission:
  • Organization Slogan: Advocating for government action & protection of the public from the health crisis in mountain top removal communities.

    Organization Description: The Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Campaign seeks to educate others about the rapid escalation of cancer, birth defects, respiratory & heart diseases that are affecting communities of Appalachia where mountaintop removal mining is conducted.Educate the United States Congress (via the committee structure) about the public health crisis affecting citizens living in areas with mountain top removal. To this end, ACHE will seek solutions & government intervention from those agencies with the responsibility to protect the health of Americans.

    Campaign Mission: Educate the United States Congress (via the committee structure) about the public health crisis affecting citizens living in areas with mountain top removal. To this end, ACHE will seek solutions & government intervention from those agencies

  • Overview:
  • Our Vision: For the United States government to declare an immediate moratorium on mountaintop removal mining, evaluate the health problems citizens face because of mountain top removal, & report results of such study to Congress.

    Campaign Strategy: We will reach our vision by employing the findings of scientific, peer-reviewed research to educate government, public & private sectors & engage in a dialogue with agencies such as, but not limited to, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Cancer Society, the America Lung Association, & the American Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

  • History:
  • ACHE campaign’s grass roots work regarding negative human health consequences of mountaintop removal coal mining allows us to create and advance educational programs for citizens, state and federal government. ACHE was formed after its founder initiated the first ever cancer research using human subjects in mountaintop removal (MTR) communities. The recognized results of that peer-reviewed and published research prompted ACHE to work with the U.S. Geological Survey in monitoring and collecting air, water, and garden soil samples from MTR communities in southern West Virginia. The results proved the presence of aluminum, silica, molybdenum, and other toxins generated from the MTR sites, into the air people are breathing in these local communities. More than one million people live in these communities.

    In October 2014, our work with the U.S.G.S. and other scientists prompted the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center to conduct research regarding these air particulates. The purpose of the study was to investigate the carcinogenic potential of particulate matter (PM) collected from residential communities near mountaintop removal mining (MTR). Human lung cells were exposed in laboratory conditions to PM from MTR areas and to PM from non-mining control areas in West Virginia. Only the PM from the MTR area caused changes in lung cells indicative of tumor promotion. These changes included neo-plastic transformation, cell proliferation, and enhanced cell migration.

    In March of 2015, ACHE launched an educational program specifically designed for the local citizens of this important research. Our strategic planning proved immediately successful as ACHE organized and led a People’s rally at the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). More than 200 local citizens attended the event. In answering reporter’s questions, the Secretary of the DEP admitted the need to review the health research. The next morning, TV and newspaper media covering our event quizzed the Governor of WV regarding ill health linked to MTR. The Governor at-long-last acknowledged the peer-reviewed and published research on mountaintop mining and human health consequences. He had never before done so.

    ACHE is a conduit through which life-changing information can become life-saving work. This mission compels us to push forward, creating educational materials, informing local communities, state governments, U.S. Congressional offices, and regulatory agencies. With great determination and resolve, we will continue organizing events, heightening awareness and empowering people to defend themselves against mountaintop-removal coal mining and its deadly consequences.

  • Year established:2012
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:3
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
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