The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

May 19, 2018


Coal ash rules may change

EPA head Scott Pruitt announced plans to dramatically weaken federal regulations governing how toxic coal ash is disposed of and stored across the country. In the wake of accidents and activism, changes to North Carolina's state coal ash rules are also being proposed.

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Sparking Petrochemical Valley?

The plastics industry wants to expand into the Ohio River Valley, which could mean more pipelines carrying fracked-gas liquids and more polluting facilities like the cracker plant currently under construction in western Pennsylvania.

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Electric co-ops can provide more than power

Electric co-ops can move beyond power Rural electric cooperatives, a fixture in U.S. communities since the early 20th century, are in the unique position to provide not only electricity, but innovative solutions to rural challenges such as broadband access and sustainable forestry. Which raises the question — what is your electric co-op doing for you?

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Virginians! Tell DEQ to protect your water from fracked-gas pipelines

The federal permits to construct the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines will do little to protect Virginia waterways from pollution. Contact the state DEQ today and tell them we deserve the higher level of scrutiny and protections under Virginia’s water quality standards!

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Salamander stories

Appalachia abounds with salamanders, but climate change may be causing their range to shrink. Meet several of the lungless salamanders that depend on our lush, complex mountain ecosystems.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Trail Days 2018
May 19-20: Learn about hiking the AT, and attend plant workshops and hikes. Stop by the Appalachian Voices table! Damascus, Va.
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Tire Collection
May 19-Oct. 20: West Virginia will be collecting tires in several counties across the state through October.
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Make Your Own Rain Barrel
May 20: The 20 attendees to this free workshop will leave with their own rain barrel! Richmond, Ky.
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Mothers for Water Justice
June 1-2:
Panel speakers will discuss the importance of a unified water justice movement. Co-sponsored by Appalachian Voices. Blacksburg, Va.
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Greenfest
June 2: Learn about sustainable living with workshops, music, food and eco-friendly shopping. Lexington, Ky.
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National Trails Day Hike
June 2: Hike in Rock Island State Park with the assistance of a well-versed guide. Rock Island, Tenn.
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Film Screening: Harlan County, USA
June 5: This documentary followed by a panel discussion features the 1973 Kentucky coal miner strike against Duke Power Company. Charlottesville, Va.
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Ohio River Sweep
June 16: Volunteer to help clean up the Ohio River anywhere along its nearly 1000-mile expanse in six states.
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Home Energy Block Party
June 16: Join Appalachian Voices to learn about energy efficiency, renewable energy and how to get involved with your local electric co-op. West Jefferson, N.C.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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