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TN Legislature Votes to Severely Weaken 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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Small Alabama town struggles for environmental justice

Our friends down in Alabama, the Black Belt Citizens for Health and Justice, have hit a setback in their fight for environmental justice and could use support.

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A watershed moment in Virginia’s energy politics

A groundswell of citizen pressure and efforts by Appalachian Voices and other groups on Dominion’s rate bill disrupted “business as usual” in this year’s Virginia General Assembly.

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EPA’s Pruitt leading a “war on America’s health”

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is on a roll — rolling back key health and environmental protections from toxic pollution from coal-burning fossil fuel plants.

Six lives a day: Energy efficiency could result in tremendous public health benefits

A recent report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy highlights why energy efficiency should be a key part of the conversation about public health.

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