"Research in environmental justice reveals that low-income and minority neighborhoods in our nation's cities are often the preferred sites for landfills, power plants, and polluting factories. Those who live in these sacrifice zones are forced to shoulder the burden of harmful environmental effects so that others can prosper. Mountains of Injustice broadens the discussion from the city to the country by focusing on the legacy of disproportionate environmental health impacts on communities in the Appalachian region, where the costs of cheap energy and cheap goods are actually quite high. Through compelling stories and interviews with people who are fighting for environmental justice, Mountains of Injustice contributes to the ongoing debate over how to equitably distribute the long-term environmental costs and consequences of economic development."--Publisher's website. Introduction : Environmental justice and Appalachia / Michele Morrone and Geoffrey L. Buckley -- The theoretical roots and sociology of environmental justice in Appalachia / Stephen J. Scanlan -- A legacy of extraction : ethics in the energy landscape of Appalachia / Brian Black -- Pollution or poverty : the dilemma of industry in Appalachia / Nancy Irwin Maxwell -- "We mean to stop them, one way or another" : coal, power, and the fight against strip mining in Appalachia / Chad Montrie -- Commons environmentalism mobilized : the Western North Carolina alliance and the Cut the clearcutting! campaign / Kathryn Newfont -- Injustice in the handling of nuclear weapons waste : the case of David Witherspoon, Inc. / John Nolt -- Housewives from hell : perspectives on environmental justice and facility siting / Michele Morrone and Wren Kruse -- Stories about mountaintop removal in the Appalachian coalfields / Geoffrey L. Buckley and Laura Allen -- Afterword : An American sacrifice zone / Jedediah S. Purdy.