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Federal and N.C. coal ash rules under attack

As the state reviews changes to coal ash policy, EPA head Scott Pruitt is looking to help utilities’ bottom line by dramatically weakening federal safeguards on the toxic substance.

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Public events at the Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg

The public is invited to a public art reception and an expert panel discussion in conjunction with the upcoming Water Justice Summit in Blacksburg this June. Check it out!

FloydFest for the WIN!

Become a member of Appalachian Voices before May 31, and be entered to win two 4-day tickets to FloydFest. It’s Membership for the Win!

Beyond power: Electric cooperatives can provide more than just electricity to meet rural needs

Rural electric cooperatives’ legacy of rural economic development uniquely positions them to go beyond energy and find innovative solutions to challenges facing rural communities.

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Tennessee legislature weakens coal mining oversight

A former surface mining site in Tennessee. Photo taken October 2012, flight courtesy Southwings

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers.

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Federal spending bill: Some good, and bad news for Appalachia

Congress included funding for several programs important for Appalachian communities, but failed to include the critical RECLAIM Act.

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Alpha Natural Resources wants to use Coal River Mountain as a tire dump

The case of Republic Energy makes it clear that the deck is still stacked in favor of the coal industry. But that has never dissuaded Coal River Mountain Watch from challenging the industry and the agencies that enable it.

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Holding pipeline profiteers accountable

sign in front of house

The fossil fuel industry and monopoly utilities will not turn easily from their money-making course. We citizens must continue to hold them accountable.

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Coal River Mountain is not a dump

Proposed revisions to the Collins Fork Permit do not meet any reclamation standards set forth to restore ecosystems, forests or garner resources for the community.

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A bigger prize for our N.C. home energy contest!

We’re increasing the amount of our grand prize for our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest for even more impact.

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