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Short Title(s) as Introduced

ACHE Act
Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
04/03/2019Introduced in House

All Actions (8)

Date All Actions
04/09/2019Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
04/04/2019Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
04/04/2019Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
04/04/2019Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
04/03/2019Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/03/2019Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/03/2019Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/03/2019Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (19)


Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Natural Resources04/03/2019 Referred to
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources04/04/2019 Referred to
04/09/2019 Hearings by
House Transportation and Infrastructure04/03/2019 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment04/04/2019 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce04/03/2019 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health04/04/2019 Referred to

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Introduced in House (04/03/2019)

Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act or the ACHE Act

This bill requires the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to conduct or support studies on the health impacts of mountaintop-removal coal mining on individuals in the surrounding communities. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), upon receiving the results of these studies, must determine whether such mining presents any health risks to individuals in those communities. The bill applies to surface coal mining that uses blasting with explosives in the steep slope regions of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia.

The bill prohibits specified agencies from issuing permits for any mountaintop-removal coal mining project or expansion unless HHS determines that such mining does not present any health risk to individuals in the surrounding communities. The bill requires monitoring of air, water, and soil for pollution, including noise pollution, until HHS makes its determination. HHS must publish pollution-monitoring results.

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement of the Department of the Interior must assess a one-time fee upon existing mining projects, sufficient to cover the federal cost of the studies and pollution monitoring required by the bill.