The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

December 21, 2016


Dear friends and supporters,

As we welcome the holiday season, I want to thank you again for believing in Appalachian Voices and our mission. Your support inspires us deeply. In the coming year, we'll be facing unprecedented challenges from Washington, D.C., as we defend our natural heritage and move our positive vision for Appalachia forward. We must work together like never before to stand up for the health of Appalachian communities, our democracy, and the future of the planet. It's great to have you with us!

Wishing you and yours joyful holidays,
Tom Cormons
Executive Director

[ Read Tom's vision for 2017 ]

Final Stream Protection Rule released

The Stream Protection Rule provides only modest improvements to water quality protections, but it is still well worth defending from congressional attacks. Instead of working to kill the rule, the Trump administration and Congress should to focus on ways to move Central Appalachia forward.

[ Read about the final rule ]

Trump's would-be coal comeback

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump made bold promises to save the coal industry. But it's not clear how he will attempt to revive the sector — or how he will address the collateral damage to human health, the environment and the climate that could result.

[ Read more ]


Home on the Appalachian range

After being introduced by humans, ponies in the Grayson Highlands of Virginia and horses in Eastern Kentucky now graze these areas freely with rare human interference. Photo by Elizabeth Wegmann

[ Read more in The Appalachian Voice ]


An energy balancing act

We take a deep dive into the energy plan from Virginia's largest electric utility, whose choices affect not only its customers' wallets, but public health and natural resources throughout the state.

[ Read Peter's blog ]

Senators introduce RECLAIM Act

In welcome news last week, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would send $1 billion to coal communities to repurpose old surface mines into solar facilities, local parks and other economic diversification projects.

[ Read more ]

Mountaintops protected in Tennessee

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Interior protected nearly 75,000 acres in East Tennessee from surface coal mining, but elsewhere in the state, mountaintops are still at risk.

[ Read more ]

 

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New Boone Office!
Our Boone headquarters has moved to 589 West King Street - come and visit!

 

CALENDAR of EVENTS

Hearing on Tennessee Surface Mine
Dec. 20: Public hearing about a proposed 1,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on Cooper Ridge in Claiborne County. Knoxville, Tenn.
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Mountain Valley Pipeline Public Comments Due
Dec. 22: Take action to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject the pipeline.
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First Day Hikes
Jan. 1: Usher in the New Year with free guided hikes at state parks across the nation!
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Compressor Station Public Hearing
Jan. 5: The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors will hear comments regarding the permitting of a compressor station as part of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. Buckingham, Va.
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Nature in Winter
Jan. 8: Visit the West Virginia Botanic Garden to discover how plants and animals react to winter. Morgantown, W.Va.
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Critter Time
Jan. 11: Join the WNC Nature Center for early childhood environmental education programming that celebrates animal life, forest ecology and conservation. Asheville, N.C.
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Annual Winter Garden Seminar
Jan. 14: Come learn to grow gardens that are more attractive and better habitats for native butterflies. Warriors' Path State Park, Kingsport, Tenn.
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Jefferson County Air Quality Meeting
Jan. 24: Join this monthly meeting to discuss building a local environmental justice alliance focused on addressing air quality issues. KFTC office, Louisville, Ky.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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