A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Utilities Face Legal Challenges in Ongoing Coal Ash Cleanup

Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, both energy utilities, face legal challenges as they struggle to cut costs while meeting their requirements to clean up their coal ash ponds. And new regulations in Kentucky worry some.

Water Quality Permits and the Pipelines

On May 24, Virginia’s state environmental regulatory agency conceded that information it had provided about how it would evaluate the potential water quality impact of two natural gas pipelines was inaccurate.

Empower Kentucky Plan Would Create Jobs, Boost Energy Efficiency

A new plan by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth sets a path for the state to reduce its carbon footprint, increase social justice, create jobs and boost the economy.

Congress Passes Budget Deal

In a last minute deal, Congress passed a compromise budget in late April that will fund federal obligations through September 2017. The budget includes funding for miner’s health care benefits that were lost during bankruptcy hearings for the parent companies.

Residents Allege Herbicide Spraying Caused Health Problems

A group of Tennessee residents believe that excessive spraying of herbicides by Powell Valley Electric Cooperative in June of 2016 has caused major health problems for them and their pets.

Duke Energy Wants to Raise Rates to Pay for Coal Ash Cleanup

Pipe running into Dan River

Energy giant Duke Energy has signaled to the North Carolina Utilities Commission that it will seek to raise its rates, in part to pay for the nearly $5 billion needed to clean up its coal ash impoundments.

Marching for Science and Climate and Other Shorts

Appalachian Voices was proud to join hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents who marched in Washington and around the nation for science and for the climate. We also released a new study on energy efficiency in Western North Carolina.

Tennessee Broadband Law Brings Opportunities and Restrictions

A new Tennessee law will provide $45 million in grants and tax credits for private companies to subsidize the buildout of rural fiber networks. It also allows rural electric cooperatives to provide broadband.

Environmental Votetracker — June/July 2017 issue

chart showing how Appalachian representatives voted

How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding several environmental issues in April and May.

Agricultural Runoff Defiles Shenandoah River

A recent report documented numerous instances of agricultural runoff polluting the Shenandoah River with the E. Coli bacteria.