The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

 

Amplifying Citizens' Voices

Earlier this month, a group of Appalachian citizens traveled to Washington, D.C., to tell members of Congress and the Obama administration how mountaintop removal coal mining has contaminated drinking water, poisoned streams, polluted air, and devastated local economies in their communities. Judging by the reaction, their stories hit home with many of these decision makers.

Read about our ten new co-sponsors!

Coal ash plan leaves some N.C.
communities in the dust

Sponsors of the N.C. Senate's coal ash plan say it would be the most comprehensive and strict regulation of the toxic waste in the country, which is just what North Carolina needs. But even though the plan goes further than Gov. Pat McCrory's initial proposal, it gives too much sway to the beleaguered Department of Environment and Natural Resources and a coal ash commission that has yet to be created.

Read more about a"strict proposal" that should be stronger

Tennessee gets boost for energy efficiency

Congratulations to the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for being chosen to participate in an intensive program to reduce home energy costs, stimulate local job growth and curb air pollution! The news is partly the result of a dialogue Appalachian Voices started with TECA and its member electric cooperatives last year encouraging them to do more to help their members make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. We're proud to be a partner in this project going forward.

Learn more about the National Governor's Association grant

Act now to protect Appalachian waters

New standards proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would make testing for toxic selenium unnecessarily complex and expensive for both citizen monitors and regulators. Appalachian Voices is calling on the EPA to strengthen the proposed standards for selenium -- a pollutant from mountaintop removal mines and coal ash ponds that is contaminating groundwater and streams throughout the Appalachian region.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the EPA to protect our water

Standing up for a Virginia river

The South Fork Pound River in Southwest Virginia has been listed by the state as officially "impaired" due to pollution, yet the Red River Coal Company allowed four of its surface mines to discharge polluted water into the river -- in direct violation of the company's permit. Appalachian Voices, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and the Sierra Club have taken the issue to court to save the river.

Read more about this important lawsuit

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
The Mullins Family's Breaking Clean Tour
Former coal miner Nick Mullins takes his family on the road this summer to promote clean energy and an end to mountaintop removal mining.

Put the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice at the top of your summer reading list! Read more.



/ UPCOMING EVENTS /

Help Chart Virginia's Energy Future
Discuss Virginia's path to clean energy. Learn how to get involved.
Jun 24: Arlington, Va.
Jul 13: Richmond, Va.
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Citizen Input Listening Sessions
Virginia's Energy Council will be accepting comments on the state plan for a comprehensive energy strategy.
Jun 24: Abingdon
Jun 26: Norfolk
Jul 1: Harrisonburg
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Our Power Camp: Climate Justice Alliance
Jun 27-29: Three days of workshops and direct action to cultivate youth leadership in environmental justice. Detroit, Mich.
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8th High Country
Farm Tour

Jun 28 & 29: Tours and activities at 20 farms throughout Ashe and Watauga counties in N.C.
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Kayford Mountain Fourth of July Festival: Our Community Protecting Our Water
Jul 4-6: Mountain music, crafts, food and camping with the Keepers of the Mountains Foundation. Eskdale, W.Va.
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Whippoorwill Festival
Ju 10-13: Four days of workshops on nature and Appalachian living skills. Camping, music and contra dancing. Berea, Ky.
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Knoxville Climate Vigil
Jul 12: More than 1,000 people will come together at Market Square to support effective climate policies. Knoxville, Tenn.

Environmental Calendar of EventsMore calendar events...


June 21, 2014 ~ Vol. 6, No. 6

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