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June /July Newsbites

Encouraging Communities to Speak Up for Clean Water

This spring, the Red, White and Water team reached out to communities in Asheville, Belmont and Belews Creek that live near the coal-fired power plants, talking to people about speaking out against water pollution from coal ash and discharges of toxic chemicals. With two more full-time interns coming on for the summer, the team looks forward to taking more action with involved citizens. If you or anybody you know lives near a coal-fired power plant in the aforementioned communities in North Carolina and is interested in speaking out, contact Sandra Diaz at for more information.

Tennessee Tuesdays

Are you a resident of the great Volunteer state, or do you live apart but frequently visit in your daydreams? Stay connected through our new weekly Tennessee Tuesdays blog posts, courtesy of Tennessee Director JW Randolph. We’ll touch on topics like mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachian region of the state, legislation in the state government, and report how Tennessee’s federal legislators vote on environmental issues. Visit every Tuesday!

Every year, Appalachian Voices is fortunate to assemble a phenomenal team of rockstar interns from numerous Appalachian and East Coast universities. Enjoy these posts from our interns.