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Coal Risk Update, March 2013

Arch Coal, the Blair Mountain Battlefield, and Bank Human Rights Commitments

RAN’s March 2013 Coal Risk Update focuses on the potential human rights impacts of Arch Coal’s proposed Adkins Fork mountaintop removal mine in Blair, West Virginia. If approved, this mine would destroy the heart of a historically significant battlefield site and would also have severe impacts on the environment and human health.

The update finds that several banks that lend to Arch Coal may be doing so in violation of both their own human rights commitments and emerging human rights norms for the private sector:

RAN recommends that Arch’s lenders reassess their financial ties to Arch and strengthen their human rights due diligence mechanisms, for effective human rights risk management is no longer “optional” for banks: