The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

October 21, 2015

Taking back Appalachia's streams

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.

[ TAKE ACTION: Write the Obama administration today!]


A long time coming, rule cuts toxic water pollution

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.

[ Check it out ]

Not so fast, coal ash guys!

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.

[ Read more ]

Climate movement is growing

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.

[ Read more ]

States consider Clean Power compliance

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.

[ Where does your state stand? ]

Leading by example

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.

[ Follow the leader ]

 

 

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Biking the Highlands:
Rails to Trails

Across Appalachia, former railways have been converted into biking and hiking trails that provide a beautiful way to enjoy the fall colors.

[ Find out where to ride! ]

Cast Your Vote!
Are you a member of Appalachian Voices? If so, please cast your vote in our annual Board of Directors election.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Fall Tree ID Hike
Oct. 24: Learn to identify the trees that are producing such beautiful colors. Free, registration required. Hendersonville, N.C.
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Mountain Makin's Festival
Oct. 24 - 25: Celebrating the traditions of Appalachia and their modern interpretations. $5 admission. Morristown, Tenn.
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Plants in the Permie Homestead
Oct. 31: Tour the Medicinal & Edible Plant Nursery and Vegetable garden at Farfields Farm. Afton, Va.
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Energy Savings Workshops
Learn how to weatherize your home for winter!
Nov. 5: Jefferson City, Tenn.
Nov. 12: Morristown, Tenn.
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Elk Viewing Tour
Nov. 7: Observe the majestic elk of eastern Kentucky. $5-30, registration required. Prestonburg, Ky.
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Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Public Meetings
Nov. 9: Franklin, N.C.
Nov. 16: Asheville, N.C.
Meetings to gather public input on the Wilderness & Wild and Scenic River evaluations for the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests in North Carolina.
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Beginner Beekeeping
Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30: Join the Mountain State Beekeepers Association for a four week course on the fundamentals of beekeeping. $40. Kearneysville, W.Va.
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WildSpeak
Nov. 16: Photo festival and communications symposium which will include a showing of Appalachian Voices' "Communities at Risk" video! Washington, D.C.
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Naturalist Niche Series: Survival Skills
Nov. 21: Local naturalist Clint Calhoun will teach helpful survival tips. $5-22, registration required. Chimney Rock, N.C.

Environmental Calendar of Events[ Full calendar ]


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