September 19, 2015
Since the Dan River coal ash catastrophe of February 2014, there's been more foot-dragging than problem-solving by Duke Energy and North Carolina's Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources to address the state's coal ash crisis. But citizens like Amy Brown are keeping the pressure on, and Appalachian Voices is right there with them.
You know that increasing energy efficiency, and solar and wind power are key to mitigating climate change while creating jobs and moving Virginia toward a more sustainable energy future. Now officials with the Department of Environmental Quality need to hear from you!
Tell the EPA to protect rivers and wildlife
The EPA has released a new draft standard for selenium, a pollutant toxic to fish and other wildlife that is commonly released into groundwater from mountaintop removal mines and coal ash ponds. Deadline is September 25 for the public to give the EPA their input before a final standard is released.
[ TAKE ACTION: Tell EPA to strengthen the selenium rule! ]
For 30 years, coal-fired power plants have been discharging unlimited levels of toxins in America's rivers and lakes. The EPA is finally set to release new pollution controls -- but the industry is attempting to strong-arm the agency. It's not too late to make your voice heard.
[ TAKE ACTION: Contact the EPA today! ]
After graduating from college and starting a family, Amy Kelly has returned to her home state to re-open Appalachian Voices' office in Knoxville, and she's excited to help East Tennessee communities achieve the many benefits of energy efficiency.
[ Get to know Amy ]
The troubles of an investor-owned water utility in West Virginia illustrate some of the hazards of privately owned drinking water. A local grassroots group is now advocating for public control of the water system.
Grab some iced tea with lemon and sit on the porch a spell, there are some fresh faces around the organization this fall that we would like to introduce you to!