Appalachian Voices and our Kentucky partners scored a major victory when a judge, ruling on our case against a lawbreaking coal company, vigorously admonished state regulators for not enforcing the Clean Water Act. The state appealed, so as we head into 2015 it's clear that our work throughout the Appalachian region is more important than ever.
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Zachary Dixon of Boone, N.C. (pictured on right), one of three winners in our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest, will soon have a warmer home and lower electric bills. The contest revealed the tremendous need for residential energy efficiency improvements in an area where families often spend three times more of their monthly income on energy bills than the national average.
A mixed bag on coal ash
Six years in the making, the nation's first-ever rule to govern how toxic coal ash is disposed of was finally released last month. The rule includes worthwhile goals and guidelines, and is a good first step, but its fatal flaws are that it does not require states to adopt the rule and it lacks any meaningful enforcement.
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Dozens of local residents recently attended community-sponsored forums in southwest Virginia to express their views on ways to improve transportation in the area that would provide greater benefit to the citizens and better protect the environment than the ill-conceived Coalfields Expressway.
114th Congress is off and running...amok
It was only a matter of time before the new Congress would commence with its anti-environmental, anti-science agenda. But 24 hours? That we weren't expecting. Our legislative associate in D.C., Thom Kay, offers this reflection.
December/January issue of The Appalachian Voice
In this issue, we examine our region's health and investigate the connections between human health and the environment. We also celebrate the stunning sandhill crane, discover Appalachia's colorful contemporary artists, discuss the Obama administration's connection to mountaintop removal mining, and pay tribute to a dearly missed colleague and friend.