September 22, 2018
Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence continue to rise more than a week after the storm made landfall in North Carolina, spreading toxic contamination from hog farms and coal ash impoundments and raising concerns about the social disparity of residents impacted by the disaster. Photo by Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper
If Congress fails to act before next year, a tax on coal companies that helps fund healthcare for current and former coal miners with black lung disease will be cut by more than half. Next week, we're traveling to D.C. with Central Appalachian citizens to speak with decision-makers about this and other vital issues.
North Carolina's new draft rules to govern coal ash weaken the way groundwater pollution and remediation is managed and don't cover common but serious contaminants like boron and hexavalent chromium. Residents and experts have several opportunities to add their voice before October 15.
America’s public lands are a place of refuge and recreation, but how we manage them is a topic of intense debate. Read about special places, land management debates and forest champions in a special 12-page section of The Appalachian Voice.
Youth in Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky are participating in projects that foster science and technical skills through interesting projects like building tiny homes, testing water quality and developing satellites.
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