October 21, 2015
The Obama administration's draft Stream Protection Rule doesn't go nearly far enough to safeguard the waters of Appalachia from the ecological havoc of mountaintop removal coal mining. We're at a critical juncture in the movement to end this practice; your voice is needed now more than ever.
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Finally, the EPA is taking action to clean up toxic wastewater discharges from the nation's power plants. A new rule updates standards from 32 years ago, which virtually granted license to utilities to discharge unlimited toxins into streams, rivers and lakes.
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On behalf of Appalachian Voices and others, the Southern Environmental Law Center is challenging the sweetheart deal between Duke Energy and N.C. regulators in which a $25 million fine for coal ash pollution at one power plant turned into a $7 million fine for all 14 of Duke's plants, with amnesty for all past, present and future groundwater contamination.
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From Anchorage to Miami, and South Portland to San Diego, thousands of people came out for the National Day of Climate Action this month. In Charlottesville, Va., Appalachian Voices helped turn out perhaps the largest, most diverse environmental justice crowd ever assembled here.
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Almost everyone agrees: the Clean Power Plan is a game changer. Beyond that though, all bets are off and states are taking a spectrum of actions to either challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or find ways to embrace the Clean Power Plan's potential.
In many ways, Appalachian Electric Cooperative is like many utilities in the region. But by exploring clean energy options for its customers, the small East Tennessee co-op is making forward-thinking decisions that set it apart.